Nursing Home Watchdog Says Sex Offenders In Nursing Homes Are A Real
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
February 1, 2005
SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA--Hundreds of sexual predators are living in nursing homes across the country and there are no special security measures being taken to protect other residents from them.
The San Jose Mercury News reported Monday that a study conducted last summer found 380 registered sex offenders living in 289 nursing and long-term care facilities in 37 states. In California, 89 registered sex offenders on parole from state prisons are currently living in nursing homes and care facilities.
Many nursing home administrators are not even told that they have sex offenders living on their wards.
Corrections officials say that the offenders are older and that their medical conditions require the kind of care that they can only get in a skilled nursing facility.
"These people have to live somewhere,'' said Margot Bach, spokesperson for the California Department of Corrections. "We have the legal obligation to place them in a level of care commensurate with what they had in prison. If they're in a nursing home or board and care home, they're pretty darn sick."
The director of A Perfect Cause, the nursing home watchdog group that conducted the survey, said that the parolees can still pose a danger to fellow residents.
"I could show you court documents and records from around the country about these guys," said Wes Bledsoe. "It's absolutely outrageous what is happening."
"There's no locked door between that violent offender and our loved one."
"Sex offenders living in nursing homes a threat, group says" (Mercury News)