Several developments in nursing home abuse case

Access Press, by Jane McClureJuly 09, 2010

Access Press, by Jane McClure

Claims of elder abuse at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Albert Lea continue to make their way through the court systems.

A civil lawsuit was filed in South Dakota in June against nursing home parent company Good Samaritan Society. It is the third civil lawsuit filed by families of the nursing home residents who were abused. The abuse, by six young women nursing assistants, allegedly occurred between January and May 2008.

Attorney James Carey, who represents victims in the civil court case, has described the situation in Albert Lea as "abuse bordering on torture." An aging population and difficult financial times have created the "potential for disaster," Carey said. Hiring young nursing assistants and not providing proper training and supervision puts elderly people and people with disabilities at great risk." This wasn't just one incident that went on behind closed doors," Carey said. "This was multiple incidents, multiple times, in multiple locations around the nursing home."

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