is it normal not to do background checks on ltc residents?

  1. A 71 year old was raped by another reaident who had a history of sexual charges. Just wondering if it was normal not to do background checks.

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/...ome-residents/
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  2. 9 Comments

  3. by   Nascar nurse
    In my state we do not do background checks on residents. I have worked for several corporations over the years and none of them have.
  4. by   WeepingAngel
    On residents? No, I have never heard of that.
  5. by   Ruas61
    Yes, ours does. Certain felonies and sexual crime convictions are an automatic decline.
  6. by   DizzyLizzyNurse
    10 years of LTC experience and I've never heard of that, too. But I've thought it should be done. But then what would we do with the people who didn't pass?
  7. by   Ruas61
    We have had declined sexual offenders who are registered and serious felonies like murder, body harm. There has to be a line somewhere. Of course, my population isn't entirely old gerenic but youngersort.
  8. by   Hygiene Queen
    Quote from Ruas61
    Yes, ours does. Certain felonies and sexual crime convictions are an automatic decline.
    Don't forget psych admissions.

    God only knows that's like the Black Mark of Death.

    One a resident comes to us, we have a heck of time finding them placement.
  9. by   Patti_RN
    Geez, I'd never have thought that LTC facilities would do backgrounds on their residents! But, after that horrible assult on another resident, it sounds like the facility should be in big trouble for NOT doing one. The 71 year-old's lawyer is probably having a field day
  10. by   Ruas61
    Quote from Hygiene Queen
    Don't forget psych admissions.

    God only knows that's like the Black Mark of Death.

    One a resident comes to us, we have a heck of time finding them placement.
    We actuslly tale alot of hard core MI and addicts. We just sort of draw hte line at baby rapists, killers and serious bodily harm folks.

    Do we need to apoligize for that?

    Don't pass judgement till you know the facts, Otherwse you're talking out your assumptions.
    Last edit by Ruas61 on May 26, '12 : Reason: spelling
  11. by   CapeCodMermaid
    I've worked in many faciliites. In 3/4 of them we did background checks on a prospective resident. We usually only checked the sex offender registry.

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