The family of Delores Green, an 84-year-old woman has sued Christian Care Home, a Ferguson-based nursing home. Green’s daughter found her mother in pain when she went to visit her in August 2018. When she came back the following day, she noticed bruising and swelling in her mother’s body while bathing her. She then asked the physicians at SSM Health DePaul Hospital to examine Green. The doctors determined that she had been raped several times.
Green is an incredibly vulnerable patient as she has suffered from Alzheimer's since 2011 and is, therefore, unable to cry for help or speak to anyone about what happened. The lawsuit is asking for compensation for injuries and damages, and for punitive damages for Christian Care Home’s failing to provide quality care.
Christian Care Home, operated by the Christian Women’s Benevolent Association, is a large residential care facility managed by Riley-Spence Properties in Missouri. This is sadly not the first time Christian Care Home is facing an abuse-related lawsuit. A survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2016 reported that Christian Care Home failed to investigate and act upon cases of abuse and neglect at the facility. Moreover, the report also showed that they failed to hire employees with a clean record when it came to abuse and neglect of nursing home residents.
Green’s case has been presented in court as a milestone in exposing the corruption and immorality that takes place at Christian Care Home.
Elder abuse is a silent evil that affects US society nowadays, as one in 10 elder Americans are victims of ill-treatment, according to The National Center on Elder Abuse. The rates for abuse in elders with dementia are much higher and can reach 55 percent.
Green's mother is out of the hospital, and she has been moved to another facility. Fortunately, the lawsuit initiated by Green’s family has already been fruitful, as it led to a call for an immediate and complete review of the policies and practices of Christian Care Home, conducted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHHS), an agency in charge of inspecting and issuing licenses to residential and nursing care facilities.
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