Family members of one of three female nursing home residents are accusing the nursing home where they lived with trying to cover up incidents of sexual abuse, according to Keloand Television. The victims all were residents of Castle Manor Nursing Home in Hot Springs, South Dakota.
Two daughters of one of the victims, Sharon Deboer and Gwendolyn Ketterer, say they became suspicious when their mother, who suffers from dementia, began acting unusual last year. In January, one of the sisters was contacted by another employee at the home, who told her that a male nursing assistant had been sexually molesting her mother. The sisters say they received no further notification from the nursing home about the incident even though a complaint had been filed with the Department of Health three days earlier. Worst of all, the man suspected of the assault continued to work at the home for weeks after the initial complaint was made. The sisters began to feel the home was trying to cover up the wrong-doing.
“It was just, everything changed. The whole atmosphere of the place changed that’s why we felt that and when my sister went to talk to an authority up there, everything was denied,” Ketterer told the newspaper.
Castle Manor Board President Rich Nelson says he has received other “minor” complaints and is aware of the three victims’ complaints. He says the nursing home took action and fired the nursing assistant following an investigation into the incident.
Castle Manor, which is operated by Fall River Health Services, is the only long-term care facility in Fall River County.