- Caregivers are accused of sexual violence and misconduct in care
- Consequences for residents of retirement homes are being examined
- Police are investigating
Young nursing students are harassed, there are physical assaults, neglect of nursing care and possibly violent behavior towards residents: the allegations that are made against a carer of the Haus Stadtgarten retirement home in Rotenburg are serious. The police are investigating – and the house management tries to provide information for those affected and their families.
Rotenburg – It’s the kind of letter that you don’t want to discover between the Christmas mail these days: The relatives of around 100 residents of the Haus Stadtgarten opened in 2019 of the Agaplesion group received mail from the management at the weekend. Subject: “Justified Suspected sexual violence towards nursing students as well as information on rough behavior in grooming“. A nurse to whom the acts are attributed was dismissed without notice on December 6th. The police are investigating, the home supervisor has been informed. Andreas Wolff, Head of Corporate Communications at the Agaplesion subsidiary “Agaplesion Bethanien Diakonie”, which is also responsible for Haus Stadtgarten, reported the incidents in Rotenburg district in Lower Saxony confirmed to the district newspaper.
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According to Wolff, two nursing students who have completed their practical assignments in the retirement home are affected. At the end of November, they had accused their teachers of “allegations of sexual assault” against the nurse. According to Wolff, it is “both about verbal as well as physical abuse“. The nursing school immediately informed the management of the Stadtgarten house. The affected schoolgirls were offered psychological, pastoral and legal support. The nurse was initially released, and “after the suspicion has been confirmed”, terminated without notice.
Nursing home scandal in Lower Saxony: suspicion of violent behavior on the part of the nurse towards residents
In addition, the carer had “become conspicuous in individual cases through rough behavior in the care sector”. The suspicion of violent behavior of the carer towards residents be part of the police investigation. According to Wolff, there is currently “no evidence of care errors with health consequences for the residents”.
The case was reported by the management and the facility management, and the home supervisor in the district was informed. So far, according to Wolff, “no further cases have been identified”. District spokeswoman Christine Huchzermeier confirms that the Home supervision had been informed. Investigate the cases and check an ad. “So far, no specific suspected cases have been identified on the subject of care errors. If there are concrete suspicions here, the home supervisor will intervene to protect the residents. “
the police is still covered in the matter and only confirms when asked that there are investigations. The press work is done by the public prosecutor’s office in Verden. The gave no information about the incidents on Monday.
According to the current state of knowledge, there is no evidence of care errors with health consequences for the residents.
In Rotenburg there is several technical schools for the area. On the one hand, the nursing school of the Diakonieklinikum is affected by the incidents. This also belongs to the Agaplesion Group, but not directly to the “Living & Care” area of the senior citizens’ facilities. Clinic spokesman Lars Wißmann confirms that one of the vocational school students “got the ball rolling”. “We reacted quickly.” The responsible authorities were informed immediately and offers of help were made to the student.
After the incidents, it was checked whether nursing students would continue to be employed in the facility in the future. “But we have the feeling that the Reconditioning has picked up a lot of speed there, ”said Wissmann. He does not see a structural problem. And Andreas Wolff also assures that new mechanisms were immediately introduced to improve the situation in Haus Stadtgarten or to rule out further incidents: “Care visits are currently being carried out by the facility management and the care documentation for all residents in the living area concerned. “
How many schoolgirls are affected by verbal and physical abuse?
The deaconess parent company in Rotenburg is also affected – and in turn linked to the Agaplesion Group through the deaconry clinic and shares. Motherhouse board member Matthias Richter speaks of five students the vocational school for geriatric care, who are “affected to different degrees”. The deaconess mother house had been aware of the events for around three weeks because the schoolgirls reported in a class on “Sexual violence in care”, deeply affected by it. Richter: “We ourselves created transparency immediately after the allegations became known and contributed to the clarification, as far as we could.”
Diako sets up a “Taskforce for the Prevention of Sexualized Violence”
Since spring 2021, a “task force for the prevention of sexual violence” has been prepared and trained for its deployment from spring 2022 in the Agaplesion Diakonieklinikum Rotenburg. “We are in close contact with the clinic and would like to take on preventive measures for Haus Stadtgarten as well,” says company spokesman Andreas Wolff. Soon all employees will be offered a digital whistleblower system with which they can report violations of all kinds anonymously and in just a few steps – regardless of whether they are personally affected or have observed an offense or misconduct. According to Diako spokesman Lars Wißmann, the suggestion for this “task force” came from the youth training agency. The nursing students therefore sit on the committee themselves and are then the contact person for all those affected. Incidentally, there are corresponding incidents in much larger numbers with patient and resident contact, less with one’s own work colleagues.
Scandal in the nursing home: “We condemn all forms of sexual violence in the strongest possible way and are resolutely and resolutely investigating the matter”
After the incidents in Haus Stadtgarten, Andreas Wolff promises: “We condemn all forms of sexual violence in the strongest possible terms and are resolute and resolute enlightenment after. “The possible special payments in the form of a corona bonus, which applies to many employees, while a certain splinter group in the nursing staff, that is, play unvaccinated nursing staff will not receive a corona bonus should while others Employees for just such a corona bonus are provided.
Verbal and psychological violence: Counseling center from Rotenburg as a partner in dealing with the Diakonieklinikum forms a “task force for the prevention of sexual violence”
An external counseling center from Rotenburg was brought to the side as a partner for the processing. In addition, a “task force for the prevention of sexual violence” will be set up together with the Diakonieklinikum. Richter denies that this cooperation center is a result of frequent incidents in the Agaplesion houses in Rotenburg – he is the predecessor of Wißmann at the Diakonieklinikum: “From the years 2015 to 2020, in which I held the position of theological director at the Diakonieklinikum I am not aware of such cases. “
That the problems with the carer, as other sources claim, already exist known for much longer and he had also become conspicuous in other facilities in Rotenburg before his work in Haus Stadtgarten, the speakers do not comment publicly. That is not known. * Kreiszeitung.de is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.
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