Nursing home fined $92,000 for covering up sexual abuse

An Iowa nursing home was fined more than $92,000 by state and federal authorities after an investigation found evidence that the nursing home staff covered up sexual abuse of a vulnerable adult patient. Criminal charges were also filed against Karen Etter who serves as Director of Nursing.

Allegations of sexual abuse came about after a male resident was caught in bed with a female resident on one occasion. On another occasion, the staff witnessed the two residents having sex.

According to a report in The Des Moines Register, the female patient could not have consented to sexual contact because she has Alzheimer’s disease.

The state and federal regulators said that Etter, who was the Director of Nursing, threatened staff members that if they told anyone about the sexual abuse then they would lose their jobs.

Nursing home abuse and neglect can take many forms including bedsores or decubitus ulcers, broken bones, dehydration, medication errors, urinary tract infections, physical abuse and sexual abuse. A nursing home can be found negligent if they fail to care for and protect the vulnerable adults under their care.

This information is provided by Washington Injury Attorney blog, a service of The Farber Law Group. We have more than 40 years experience representing victims of nursing home neglect and abuse and their families. With our help, you may recover compensation for your damages.

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The Des Moines Register

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