“Sexual battery, lewd and lascivious molestation”
How to keep your loved ones safe
| Second arrest for Pinellas man accused of sex abuse against mental health patients
By Megan Reeves, July 4, 2019
Tampa Bay Times – A 35-year-old mental health worker arrested and fired in March on charges of sexually abusing three female patients is in jail again.
According to Pinellas Park police, Nicholai Anthony Brief had sex with a woman staying at Pinellas Enrichment Through Mental Health Services while he was employed there in December, then photographed another who was topless while sleeping in February.
The St. Petersburg man was jailed Wednesday on charges of sexual misconduct and video voyeurism, records show, and remained in Pinellas County Jail on Thursday afternoon.
The incidents he faces new charges for happened within days or weeks of those police arrested him for on March 15.
It was not immediately clear why the charges came at different times, but Captain Adam Geissenberger said it is because local police might have had to reach out to another state agency for help.
“Not that that’s any excuse for the amount of time it took,” he added … Read more.
How to Monitor the Care of a Loved One in a Nursing Home
Be the extra eyes and ears for your family members to ensure they receive safe, individualized care.
By Michael O. Schroeder, June 20, 2017
US NEWS – YOU’RE JUST GETTING comfortable with the idea that your loved one will be living in a nursing home.
Maybe you’re used to being able to monitor care they received at home. So what can you do to monitor their care and safety in the nursing home?
Long-term care facilities – like other care providers – aren’t immune to health hazards, from disease outbreaks to residents not being given medications as recommended – a concern frequently raised by nursing home residents and their loved ones.
“Whether they’re not administered properly, at the right time of day or not given at all, or perhaps given the wrong medication, that was the fourth most common complaint across the country last year,” says Amity Overall-Laib, director of the National Long-Term Care Ombudsman Resource Center.
Funded by the federal Administration on Aging, NORC provides training, technical assistance and support to ombudsman programs across the country in states and local areas that field complaints about nursing homes.
Ombudsman programs also provide consumer support and education, from choosing a nursing home to ensuring a resident receives proper care.
“The Older Americans Act requires that every state has an ombudsman program, and they act as advocates for residents in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes and assisted living,” Overall-Laib notes.
Ombudsman programs receive quite a range of complaints, she says.
“The top complaint across the country, for at least the last five years, has been related to discharge or eviction from the nursing home,” Overall-Laib says. “The reason varies, but often times it’s because facilities are claiming that they can’t meet the resident’s needs any longer, and so they’re trying to transfer them to another nursing home.”
In other cases, a resident may be transferred to a hospital, such as for an assessment or treatment, and then they’re not readmitted to the nursing home, she says. This can leave residents and family members scrambling to try to determine what their options are.
The second most common complaint is failure by staff to respond to a resident’s request for assistance – like when the resident would use a call light to request help, Overall-Laib says.
The third most common complaint last year related to staff attitudes – “so basically not treating residents with dignity and respect and providing individualized care,” she says.
It’s not that whatever can go wrong necessarily will. Many nursing homes have top-notch reputations that reflect attentive, individualized, safe and personally appropriate care.
However, the potential dangers are real also, providing extra incentive to monitor the care of a loved one in a nursing home – just as you might with a family member in any health care setting. READ MORE.