Star Tribune Special Report. Each year, hundreds of Minnesotans are beaten, sexually assaulted or robbed in senior care homes. Their cases are seldom investigated, leaving families in the dark.
PART 1 ABUSED, IGNORED ACROSS MINNESOTA
Story by Chris Serres•Photos by David Joles•Star Tribune•NOVEMBER 12, 2017
For weeks before her death, Jean Krause lay in her bed at a northern Minnesota senior home, staring mutely at the walls.
Even when her children arrived with flowers or her favorite dessert, she did not respond. Or she would suddenly sit bolt upright, asking if her door and windows were shut.
This summer, nearly a year after Krause died, the family finally solved the mystery of her strange behavior. Late one night in May 2016, Krause, who was 78 and suffered from dementia, was sexually assaulted in her bed by a male nurse’s aide who appeared to be changing her underwear.
Full story at: http://www.startribune.com/senior-home-residents-are-abused-and-ignored-across-minnesota/450623913/
FAMILIES WAIT YEARS FOR ANSWERS
Story by Chris Serres•Photos by David Joles•Star Tribune•NOVEMBER 13, 2017
Clayton Braaten entered the rectory of St. Philip’s Catholic Church in Bemidji reciting the Lord’s Prayer.
He had come seeking help from a priest, hoping to control the rage that has boiled inside him since his late wife, Grayce, was molested three years ago by another resident at an assisted-living facility. The cleric urged him to forgive and not let the tragedy consume his life.
Full story at: http://www.startribune.com/when-senior-home-residents-are-victimized-families-wait-years-for-answers/450625343/
WHEN ROOMMATES ARE THE ABUSERS
Story by Chris Serres•Photos by David Joles•Star Tribune•NOVEMBER 14, 2017
Minnesota is failing to investigate thousands of cases every year of what is now the most widespread form of physical abuse in senior care homes: resident-on-resident violence.
The state Department of Health has received more than 20,000 complaints in the past five years alleging aggressive behavior by residents, including head-butting, punching, shoving and sexual groping. Most of them were never investigated by the agency charged with protecting vulnerable seniors in licensed care facilities, state records show.