Quality of care comes from a sufficient quantity of qualified and competent caregivers. This is not the norm in the industry. For example, court records show police arrested and charged Tiara Lynn Ford with one count of rape, a first-degree felony, and two counts of gross sexual imposition. The Ohio nursing assistant was arrested after she filmed herself raping and sexually assaulting several elderly male dementia patients at the assisted living facility where she worked.
Ford worked as a nurse’s aide at The Inn at University Village in Massillon. The police investigation discovered a number of video recordings of Ford sexually assaulting elderly residents of the facility. Ford used a cell phone to record herself committing multiple sexual assaults against men with dementia living at the facility. Ford allegedly began filming the sexual assaults on December 1, 2019, and continued until December 4, 2021.
According to prosecutors, Ford knew that her alleged victims were unable to consent or resist. Ford voluntarily confessed to the activity following her arrest.
Nursing home residents need a sufficient number of qualified caregivers to maintain their health, safety, and well-being. The National Association of Health Care Assistants released findings that low wages, burn-out, and a lack of respect are the biggest reasons employers are having a hard time retaining and keeping caregivers.