Nanic Aidasani, 42, has been arrested for the rape, and now the family members of the woman who was raped wants the Manhattanville Health Center in Marble Hill investigated by the state Health Department.
Another employee of the facility found Aidasani on top of the patient who in addition to suffering from dementia is unable to talk because of a stroke. Staff at the facility called the police Monday night after the incident and held Aidasani until police arrived.
The woman’s children retained a lawyer who provided the police with a rape kit, the New York Daily News reported. Because the victim could not speak and give her consent to the rape test, her family had to get a court order.
“This is very important, this is key evidence,” the victim’s daughter told NBC News. “My mother is unable to speak, so by doing this exam, you’re going to have the physical evidence of what happened.”
Aidasani is facing one rape charge.
In a statement, the nursing home administrator said, “Manhattanville Health Care Center contacted the police department and the Department of Health to report an alleged sexual abuse complaint. Our residents are our number one priority and we will continue to assist authorities in their ongoing investigation.”
State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. issued a statement, where he expressed his disgust about the incident and vowed to help the family file a civil lawsuit.
Sexual assaults and abuse are not the most common types of abuse residents of nursing homes face, but it does happen. Sometimes these incidents can go undetected for months at time, had none of the staff witnessed what Aidasani was doing, he could have gotten away with the rape. It is possible that sexual abusers can assault or rape vulnerable nursing home residents a number of times before they are caught.
This is an example of how vulnerable nursing home residents who suffer from dementia are to abuse or neglect. It’s possible that Aidasani picked this particular woman because she would not be able to yell for help. And the fact that she suffers from dementia means she would be unlikely to report the assault to anyone, not even her family.
Nursing home residents who suffer from dementia are often targeted by abusers. Because they are forgetful and prone to delusions, people often ignore or disregard complaints of dementia patients as the imaginings of a mentally impaired person.
Nursing home residents and their families have grounds to file a civil suit if a facility has failed to protect a patient from physical, sexual or emotional abuse or neglect. Elderly nursing home residents deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. With the help of a nursing home abuse attorney, the victim can seek compensation for their medical bills and their emotional suffering.