Rampant abuse in nursing home July 16, 2010State authorities are closing a Jacksonville nursing home because of abusive conditions – a measure so rare that local authorities can’t remember it ever happening here. This facility is one in which a known sex offender raped a comatose woman and inspection reports back to at least 2008 document out-of-control patients who became violent. One recent AHCA report resulted in 257 deficiencies. But the final straw came during a February investigation, when it found some residents were hitting other residents, falling repeatedly and attempting to escape, including one resident that got as far as St. Johns County and another that attempted to climb the exterior fence. It is saddening and truly unfortunate to hear that such extraordinary measures are being taken to stop the ongoing abuse and neglect in a Jacksonville nursing home. As a community, we need to work harder to immediately hold nursing homes responsible when there has been abuse or neglect. It is often, sadly, the most vulnerable, that need our protection. If you feel a loved one has been the victim of abuse or neglect in this or any other nursing home, please contact us.