Ex-Kansas nursing home worker charged with rape

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. –An Overland Park nursing home worker is in the Johnson County Jail Wednesday night after being arrested and charged with raping a resident.

“To think of an older woman who probably wasn’t able to protect herself from sexual assault is just heartbreaking,” said Mitzi McFatrich, acting director of Kansas Advocates for Better Care.

Samuel Wambugu, a former employee of The Heritage of Overland Park, has been charged with rape in Johnson County. The alleged sexual assault took place on January 20.

Charging documents say he forced himself on an 86-year-old woman.

FOX4 contacted the establishment, which issued the following statement:

Samuel Wambugu

“Last week our community experienced an incident involving the potential abuse of one of our residents. Given the seriousness of the event, we notified law enforcement and state authorities, as well as the families of our residents. Although we are unable to share details, this matter has been investigated and the individual involved has been arrested and fired.

“We opened our community over 10 years ago because we love caring for people with dementia and working in partnership with families to provide our residents with the best possible quality of life. One of our core values ​​has been to always strive to do the right thing for our residents, their families and our associates. Another core value is building trusting relationships through honesty and transparency. This incident was deeply disturbing to all of us and sent shock waves through our community.

“We are reviewing all issues related to this incident to ensure the safety and protection of all our residents. We are a team of loving, caring people who deeply appreciate and respect our residents. »

It has been almost three years since the last inspection at The Heritage, and records show that three complaints were investigated during this last inspection in 2019.

Normally the state conducts inspections every year, but COVID-19 halted them in 2020. The facility also acknowledged to FOX4 that it could not guarantee this was an isolated incident.

“One in 14 cases of elder abuse will be reported,” McFatrich said. “Many of them will never be reported. And of those who are reported, many will not get justice.

FOX4 contacted the Overland Park Police Department, which said it had no more arrests to make in the case.

Moving forward, McFatrich said change had to happen.

“Facilities need to be better staffed and better trained to provide compassionate and safe care for older people,” she said.

Here are some tips on what to look for if you suspect abuse:

  • Call 911 first if you suspect anything
  • Has the person’s behavior changed?
  • Has there been a recent injury?
  • Is the person more anxious, more depressed, more withdrawn?
  • Look for things like blood on clothing, look for things like tears or wounds, bite marks

Here are some tips to consider when looking at healthcare facilities:

  • Do your research before you go to a facility
  • Visit the facilities in person before committing
  • Talk to the residents who live there and talk to other family members

The states and federal government publish quality ratings and inspection reports for nursing homes online. Find federal reports here; Missouri reports here; and Kansas reports here.

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