Carolyn M. Wheeler, the former Recreational Leader at Somers Manor Nursing Home in New York, has been charged with endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person in the second degree, a felony, as well as sexual abuse in the second degree, a misdemeanor. Ms. Wheeler allegedly touched the genitalia of a 60 year-old male resident who suffers from a mental defect. The incident was witnessed and reported by another Somers Manor employee.
As a result of the incident, Ms. Wheeler’s position as Recreational Leader has been terminated. Authorities are investigating whether any other residents were abused by Ms. Wheeler.
The attorneys at Gallivan & Gallivan represent victims of sexual and/or physical abuse at the hands of nursing home employees. If you or a loved one has been victimized in a nursing home or assisted living facility, please contact us.
Nursing home worker accused of sexually abusing patient, 60, Journal News, Hoa Nguyen, August 25, 2009.