A nursing home corporation has been indicted in the 2004 death of a woman who lived in their Portland, Maine facility. Tennessee-based Life Care Centers of America is charged with manslaughter, abuse and neglect of a long-term care resident. Read the report here.
My home state of Virginia also has laws on the books which make it a crime to abuse or neglect the elderly. I have practice law for 25 years and have NEVER witnessed the enforcement of this law! Why? One prosecutor told me they were too busy to pursue these claims!
It is a crime to abuse and neglect the elderly….so lets start treating it as such and prosecute those responsible as criminals!