Report: nursing home patients exploited in photos

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Posted on August 15, 2009 at 6:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 13 at 1:55 PM

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) -- A nursing home in Lexington has been cited by state officials who allege staff members snapped cell phone photos of residents, attached songs with sexual lyrics and circulated them to other employees.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reported it obtained the information from the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services under a state Open Records Act request.

A citation issued against Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center stated there was no indication the for-profit nursing home had trained staffers that using residents' pictures and/or recordings of a sexually exploitative nature were a form of abuse.

Bluegrass administrator Jo Ann Lovell issued a statement Tuesday, saying the nursing home fired several employees after conducting an internal investigation.

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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader, http://www.kentucky.com

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