Nursing Home with Kentucky Ties Back in Business Three Months after Rape Allegations
On June 15, 2012, a family went to visit their 89-year-old relative residing at Kindred Nursing Home and Rehabilitation-Fairpark in Maryville, Tennessee. The home is run by Kindred, a Kentucky nursing home company based in Louisville. The nursing home resident, who suffers from dementia, told her visitors that she had been raped. A rape test confirmed she was correct, although it did not show who the rapist was. A complaint was filed with the state against the nursing home and on August 29, 2012 the nursing home was fined $3,000 by the state and $6,000 per day by the federal government until the situation was resolved. The facility was also prohibited from admitting any new patients or filing Medicare or Medicaid claims. As it was being run, the nursing home was not safe or healthy for its residents, according to the Tennessee Health Commissioner.
While the rapist still has not been identified, several changes have been made at the facility, which has allowed them to start accepting new residents again as of September 11, 2012. The Kentucky nursing home company that runs the facility has requested new background checks on all male employees at the facility. Nurses and other employees have been trained on how to recognize and report the abuse of patients. The sheriff’s office is providing on-site security while the home works to hire a private security company, and the locks on windows and doors and security cameras have been upgraded or added. To provide some necessary division between the administration and the nursing staff, a new licensed administrator has been hired who does not also oversee the nurses.
While nursing home abuse and neglect incidents don’t normally include rape, this case shows what could happen because of lack of staff, low security, and subpar training of employees, all of which occur in nursing homes and assisted living facilities around the country. Continued monitoring of these facilities by state and federal agencies as well as concerned relatives of the residents is necessary. If you have a loved one in a nursing home, do not be afraid to ask about what security measures are in place, the number of staff members and the extent of the their training, and what procedures are in place to ensure your family member is living in a safe and healthy environment.
If you feel your loved one is being mistreated or neglected, alert the administration of the nursing home and request that changes be made to address the situation. Also contact a Kentucky nursing home attorney to discuss your concerns and whether or not legal action needs to be taken. Steve Frederick represents nursing home residents in Kentucky and Indiana and fights for their right to live in a place that provides the care they deserve.
Maryville nursing home penalized after a rape investigation; Local 8 Now; Lauren Davis; August 31, 2012
Suspension lifted at Blount County nursing home; knoxnews.com; Kristi Nelson; September 12, 2012