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This week is National Nursing Home Week

From May 13 to May 19, the American Health Care Association is urging everyone to celebrate National Nursing Home Week. The objective is not just to contact or visit loved ones in nursing homes, but also to celebrate the staff that cares for them.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating the Journey,” and nursing homes throughout the country have planned special events to honor the lives and milestones of its residents and dedicated staff.

National Nursing Home Week encourages everyone to celebrate the relationship between the staff, the residents, and their loved ones, as well as honor those that make the nursing homes possible.

While visiting your loved ones in nursing home facilities, be sure to look for signs of abuse. Unfortunately, the elderly can be prone to abuse and neglect. If you believe a family member has been abused by an employee, contact the nursing home abuse attorneys of Pohl & Berk, LLP at 615-277-2765 today.

Resident sues nursing home for sexual assault

A 63 year-old resident at a nursing home has filed a lawsuit against the facility and its owner after she says she was sexually assaulted by an employee in 2009.

The woman suffers from expressive aphasia, a medical condition that significantly limits her ability to communicate and speak. In 2009, the 50 year-old employee was found not guilty after a two-day trial. Her lawyer claims that his exoneration does not mean that the nursing home is free from accountability.

While the employee is no longer at the facility, the woman’s lawyer wants to make sure nothing like this happens again. The owner and the facility are both facing charges of negligence, breach of contract, and violating state regulations as well as the Consumer Protection Act.

If you or someone you love has been the victim of nursing home neglect, contact the nursing home neglect lawyers of Pohl & Berk, LLP by calling 615-277-2765 today.

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