The Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC recently published a blog commenting on reports that the Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo faces a potential shutdown. As reported by the Toledo Blade, in the most recent of many incidents at this Ohio nursing home facility, a schizophrenic male resident with sexually aggressive behaviors entered the room of a partially paralyzed female patient. Nurses on duty found him lying on top of the woman with his pants removed and her incontinence brief pushed aside.
The Liberty Nursing Center has been the center of several prior disturbing incidents, including an incident where it failed to respond to allegations of sexual abuse, another where a resident was found wandering miles away from the facility, and yet another where a resident jumped from an upper story window. It has even been reported that two residents escaped in 2009 and used cocaine and marijuana during their absence.
Before entrusting your loved one to the care of a nursing home, you should know that there are various resources available where you can look up nursing home records. “Ohio’s Long-Term Care Consumer Guide” (ltcohio.org/consumer) allows users to look up information about nursing home and assisted living facilities in Ohio. “ProPublica’s Nursing Home Inspect” (projects.propublica.org/nursing-homes) is an interactive tool that allows anyone to search over 58,000 nursing home inspection reports. “Medicare Nursing Home Compare” (medicare.gov/nhcompare/) is a site with detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the United States. This information ran in the Toledo Blade on November 25, 2012, Page A9.
Sometimes, despite the most proactive actions of the family, a loved one can still end up being the victim of nursing home abuse and neglect. If you believe that your loved one has been a victim, call the attorneys at the Charles E. Boyk Law Offices, LLC at 419-241-1395. Take action now, call us today to speak with an attorney.