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Lawyers Representing Injured Fredericksburg Health and Rehab Center Residents

To ensure residents remain safe in a nursing home environment, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the state of Virginia routinely conduct interviews and surveys at every facility in the state. These inspections allow easy identification of serious to minor concerns, violations, and deficiencies. When major problems arise, the facility is provided the chance to make immediate adjustments and corrections before the federal and state nursing home regulatory agencies take harsher steps to protect the health and well-being of every resident.

Serious violators often receive heavy fines or are placed on a designated Special Focus Facility watchlist where they will remain for a minimum of one to two years. During that time, state investigators and surveyors will perform double or triple the normal amount of inspections through schedule appointments and unannounced visits to the facility. Even if the Home makes quick corrections, the investigators will continue to monitor the place to ensure that any positive improvements that protect the residents are permanent.

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Convicted Felon Sexually Assaults Disabled PatientAggravated battery charges have been filed against 49-year-old Sidney Mitchell, after he allegedly ‘touched’ a 79-year-old Alzheimer’s patient at Emporia Manor Nursing Home.  An employee of the nursing home witnessed Mitchell approach the Alzheimer’s patient in a TV-room when he began to inappropriately touch her.

Police were called to the Virginia nursing home immediately after the incident occurred and a warrant was soon issued for Mitchell’s arrest.

According to news reports, Sidney Mitchell is a convicted felon with prior larceny charges.  Mr. Mitchell is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on November 4, 2009.

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Sexual Assault in Resident In Virginia FacilityHomer C. Valdez, 35, an employee of Manassas Nursing Home and Rehab has been charged with ‘object sexual penetration’ of a 72-year-old resident at the facility.  Mr. Valdez’s co-workers reported his behavior to police on May 27.

According to officials at Commonwealth Care, the parent company of Manassas, Valdez has been suspended from his position at the facility pending the outcome of the criminal case. Commonwealth Care officials would not reveal how long Valdez had worked at Manassas or the capacity in which he was employed.

“This is something that we take very seriously and he will not be back working until after an investigation by law enforcement and a subsequent trial is completed,” said David Tucker an administrator at Commonwealth Care.

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