“Stripper Party” Leads to Elder Abuse Lawsuit

Nursing Home Sued on Elder Abuse Charges After Family Learns Home Hired Male Strippers

elder abuseA nursing home on Long Island is being taken to court on charges of elder abuse after a resident’s son discovered that his elderly mother had been subjected to a “stripper party,” which the facility planned for its residents.

The lawsuit was filed with the New York State Supreme Court on March 13th, and alleges that the East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center hired “male strippers to perform” on a regular basis for residents.

Franklin Youngblood filed the lawsuit on behalf of his mother, 85-year-old resident Bernice, after he found a photograph of her stuffing dollar bills into the waistband of a male exotic dancer. The photograph also shows other residents sitting near the dancer as he hovers over Mrs. Youngblood. Franklin Youngblood reported that he approached a nurse about the photograph, and she attempted to snatch it away from him.

Franklin’s brother Daryl said he also called the nursing home after learning about the incident, and a nurse on the phone told him that the event “depicted in the photograph was part of an entertainment event that was planned, scheduled and executed” by the nursing home “and that it was done in good faith.”

The Youngbloods filed the elder abuse lawsuit because their mother “lacks the mental and physical capacity” to care for herself, and therefore needs the help and protection offered by a nursing home. The elder abuse suit also claims that the nursing home committed a breach of duty “of care by purchasing the services of male strippers and directing them to perform various sexually related acts … knowing that its patients did not have the physical or mental capacity to consent to such vile acts or to defend themselves against such vile acts.”

3 Actions to Take Against Elder Abuse

There are several ways in which nursing homes can be held liable for injuring others as a result of their negligenceabuseexploitation, false imprisonment, or violations of criminal statutes, as well as violations of regulations pertaining to their licensing, maintenance, and general operation.

An act of abuse, neglect or exploitation of an older person might give rise to one or all of the following types of proceedings:

  • an investigation and finding by an adult protective services agency or the regulatory agency for nursing homes (in South Carolina it is the Department of Environmental Control);
  • a civil cause of action for damages; and/or
  • a criminal prosecution.

The Attorneys at the Strom Law Firm Prosecute Elder Abuse

If your loved one has physically suffered, or died wrongfully, because an in-home caregiver or registered nurse in a nursing home has neglected the patient, you may have an elder abuse case. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm understand the sensitive nature of elder abuse cases, and will treat you with respect and compassion. It is important to fight elder abuse so you, your family, and others no longer suffer because of criminal behavior. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case. Contact us today for help.803.252.4800

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