LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An elderly woman has not been able to leave her nursing home center after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by a nurse at Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, Inc. until now.
The woman’s family has been searching extensively for a new home for their mother and finally found one.
The family tells us the woman is no longer at Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, Inc.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — An elderly woman who told police she was sexually assaulted by a local nursing home nurse, hasn’t been able to leave the facility.
The 89-year-old’s family says they’ve been trying to get her out of Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation and into another nursing home. So far the family says they’ve called 14 facilities and were told by all the 89-year-old could not be accommodated.
“We just need help, we just need them to be fair to her,” a relative said. “It’s not right, it’s like we’re being blackballed.”
This comes less than a week after the elderly woman said a male nurse touched her inappropriately.
Police are investigating the claims, and the nurse in question remains on leave from Briarwood.
The family says they’ve reported what’s going on to the state’s Ombudsmen Program.
That’s an important first step according to Martha Deaver, a nursing home patient advocates with more than 20 years of experience.
“I have come across blacklisting before, about 20 years ago it happened to my own mother,” said Deaver, who’s the President of Arkansas Advocates for Nursing Home Residents, a nonprofit that fights nursing home abuse. “I believe it happens in cases when nursing homes feel like their is a problem family member or patient.”
Deaver agrees with the family that something isn’t adding up.
“I do not feel like it would be difficult at all to find a nursing home who has an empty medicare bed in the area,” Deaver said.
Calls to Briarwood have not been returned.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – An elderly woman claims she was sexually assaulted at a Little Rock nursing home.
According to a police report, the 89-year-old patient at Briarwood Nursing and Rehabilitation, Inc. told officers a male nurse touched her inappropriately.
In the police report staff say the nurse in question is a Certified Nursing Assistant, CNA.
The report says the woman told officers, “she woke up when the CNA (suspect) started rubbing her in her private area.”
“You can’t even imagine how it hurts,” said a relative of the elderly woman. “He woke her up and she told him, ‘stop, what are you doing?”
Family say this happened on the first night the 89-year-old stayed at Briarwood. They say she was brought to the center for rehab treatment after a stroke, and was only supposed to stay there for a few weeks.
“You know when someone is touching you inappropriate and that was inappropriate,” a relative said.
The police report notes that Briarwood staff told officers they reviewed surveillance footage and saw the nurse in question and another staff member enter the woman’s room. No witnesses are named in the report but it says Briarwood staff told them the nurse was escorted out of the building and is on leave pending the investigation.
“She’s 89-years-old, dependent on us to be here for her,” a family member said. “We trust that they would take good care of her in our absence and they didn’t.”
Police have not made any arrests but say the investigation is ongoing.
Briarwood said it had no comment.
Attempts to reach the nurse in question, have not been answered.
State law requires a CNA to care for patients under the supervision of a Registered Nurse, or Licensed Practical Nurse.