Too much gyrating for the geriatric patients.
That’s what the son of a West Babylon nursing home resident alleged in a lawsuit claiming nurses there took money from his wheelchair-bound, 85-year-old mother, who has Alzheimer’s, to pay for a male stripper at the facility.
“Franklin Youngblood discovered in his mother’s belongings, a color photograph…[depicting] a muscular, almost entirely nude male, wearing revealing skinny white ‘briefs,’ with his legs straddling over the lap of a seated Bernice Youngblood,” the mother-and-son plaintiffs allege in court documents.
Vesselin Mitev of Miller Place-based Ray, Mitev & Associates filed the suit in New York State Supreme Court in Suffolk County last month against East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, which has 300 beds. Attorneys for the nursing home were not immediately available for comment.
The suit alleges that the nurses at the facility breached their duty of care, endangered the survivor of three strokes and caused her to “suffer nonconsensual, offensive bodily contact,” which led to emotional distress.
It also alleges that the nursing home staff took “an unknown amount of money” belonging to Mrs. Youngblood in order to pay for the male stripper without her consent.
Franklin Youngblood of Centereach alleged in the suit that he confronted the head nurse when he found the photo in January 2013, the nurse “lunged” at him in a failed attempt to “snatch the photo out of his hand,” according to court documents.
Another nurse at the home allegedly told Franklin’s brother, Darrell, that the photo was taken as part of an “entertainment event” that was planned in “good faith,” the suit claims.
But, because of Bernice’s condition, she was unable to consent to such a sexually charged event and she “did not have the physical ability to withstand such manipulations, to place her hands about and upon his body, including his genital area.”
The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.