Maple Farm Nursing Home was the location of a horrible crime recently.
Glenn Hershey, 65, of Akron, PA is believed to have sexually assaulted another resident in the nursing home where he lived. Mr. Hershey is a registered sex offender.
So basically, a registered sex offender is a resident in a nursing home and has some kind of sexual contact with another resident who had alzheimer’s disease. The news article from ABC 27 said, that Hershey, “was not allowed to have private meetings with the woman…”
A nursing home is supposed to be just that, your home. Residents expect to be protected. They are there because they have infirmities, and they need help. There are always two sides to every story, but this one is looking very bad. If it turns out that it is true that the extent of the protection the nursing home offered this poor woman was to encourage the registered sex offender not to spend time with her privately, this is a tragedy which could have been prevented.
Surely there will be more information to come on this situation.
At Schmidt Kramer, we prosecute nursing home neglect and abuse for civil damages. If your loved one was injured or passed away because of what seems like negligence in a nursing home, we would be glad to discuss with you whether a case should be pursued. In Central Pennsylvania, we will meet with you in a free consultation. You may be able to take action if you or a loved one were injured by the negligence or fault of the nursing home.
When your loved one is in need of a nursing home, you need to do your homework. You can see citations the home you are considering has received in the past, on the Pa. Department of Health’s website. You can find a link to the site on Schmidt Kramer’s website. Call us at (717) 888-8888 if you are local to Harrisburg, or call us toll-free at 1-888-476-0807.
You may also want to download one of the free publications we offer on our website.
January 22, 2013