Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo – a nursing home facility in Toledo, Ohio – is facing the potential loss of its license for the second time due to nursing home abuse. State regulators cited the nursing home for the same issue it was cited for just a few months prior: failure to respond when faced with an alleged sex abuse incident, and failure to protect its residents from abuse. The Ohio Department of Health is proposing to revoke the facility’s license. If the license is successfully revoked, the nursing home can no longer operate.
Revoked licenses are considerably rare for nursing homes, but the state of Ohio moved no less than three times this year alone to take licenses from Ohio nursing homes. In the previous five years, no licenses were revoked. The sexual abuse incident that triggered the potential revocation involved a male resident with schizoaffective disorder who entered the room of a female patient who was partially paralyzed. The administrator did not notify the woman’s guardians, did not have her undergo a medical examination, failed to notify the health depeartment, and also failed to file an official report with the police department.
A recent study co-authored by David Grabowski – a health care policy professor at Harvard Medical School – points out that nursing homes have become “the de facto mental health care institution” because of the significant downsizing and closures of psychiatric hospitals. Unfortunately, many nursing homes are ill-equipped to serve the special needs of residents who have mental illnesses, and to protect other residents from the harm that mentally ill patients can cause.
If you suspect your loved one may be suffering abuse or neglect at their nursing home facility, act now to investigate the situation. Please contact Robert W. Kerpsack Co., L.P.A. today to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our experienced Ohio nursing home abuse attorneys.