If there is, wouldn’t you or your family want to know? If there is, shouldn’t the nursing home take extra precautions to supervise and monitor that resident? If there is, shouldn’t the resident live in a private room without a roommate?

Virginia law doesn’t address this issue but common sense provides us with the answers to the above questions. Federal guidelines require that any nursing homes accepting such residents (sexual predators) be able to care for them, but more importantly, to protect the other residents.

The problem happens more often than you can imagine. Here is a sad (but preventable) story from Tennessee which I am following.

My Take: When admitting a vulnerable family member to a nursing home, ask the Administrator or Director of Nursing if there are any convicted sex offenders residing at the facility. If the answer is “yes,” find out what precautions are in place to prevent harm to the other residents. If you don’t get a good answer…find another nursing home.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at