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Suit: Strippers Performed at W. Babylon Nursing Home

A photo of Bernice Youngblood, 85, stuffing dollar bills into a male stripper's underwear at West Babylon's East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. (Photo courtesy of Ray, Mitev & Associates)
A photo of Bernice Youngblood, 85, stuffing dollar bills into a male stripper's underwear at West Babylon's East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. (Photo courtesy of Ray, Mitev & Associates)

The website of West Babylon's East Neck Nursing and Rehabilitation Center says its patients get the chance to have some fun and enjoy new things. 

It does not, however, mention strippers. 

The New York Post reported Tuesday that the nursing home faces a lawsuit from the family of an 85-year-old resident, who can be seen in a photo stuffing dollar bills into a male stripper's underwear at the nursing home, which is located at 134 Great East Neck Road. 

The son of resident Bernice Youngblood, Franklin Youngblood, found the photo when he visited his mother in January, but when he confronted staff at the nursing home, the suit states a nurse lunged at him and tried to snatch the picture away. 

The suit also claims that hiring male strippers to perform for residents at the nursing home was a "serial occurrence." 

"This woman has spent her whole life living in dignity and now has been disgraced and offended by all of this,” an attorney for Bernice Youngblood told NBC 4 New York. 

The suit states that Youngblood, who is confined to a wheelchair, suffers from multiple disabilities, including Alzheimer's and advanced dementia. While sometimes lucid, the suit says Youngblood "lacks the mental and physical capacity to competently, intelligently, knowingly, and voluntarily care for and protect herself."

An attorney for the nursing home told Newsday a committee of residents voted unanimously for a male stripper to come in to entertain them in September 2012.

Read the entire lawsuit here

concerned citizen April 09, 2014 at 08:52 AM
This lawsuit is so ridiculous. I work in nursing homes, recreation therapy provides entertainment for the residents. Usually every month they hold resident council meetings where the residents vote on various subjects that they would like to see happen. They can vote on entertainment, meals, trips, etc. The residents voted to have this form of entertainment. I've worked in places that even brought in belly dancers as entertainment. This is NOT about sex. This is about people near the end of life sitting in wheelchairs looking for some laughs. There is NOTHING sexual about it. Its all about having fun. Recreation is for the residents. They have rights, and if it is a stripper that puts a smile on their face then so be it. They are adults and no one would force them to participate. Should they be playing BINGO all day? East Neck has provided great entertainment for their residents over the years, which reflects a generous budget that they give back to entertain the residents. Some facilities do not provide such a budget that would allow recreation to even offer such entertainment. In addition, this resident was brought to the party (that took place two years ago) by the son's girlfriend who is seen in the picture. It sounds to me that this family owes East Neck money for taking such good care of his mother and he doesn't want to pay. Ridiculous!!! This son should think about the humiliation he is causing upon his mother. This is a person who is looking for any reason to sue.
Pat Richards April 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM
There was a time when the phrase "dirt bag" meant something. Judging by the many comments here, Long Islanders are redefining it.
concerned citizen April 09, 2014 at 08:54 AM
East Neck should be applauded for listening to and accommodating the residents.
knee jerk April 09, 2014 at 09:16 AM
From the picture it looks more like she was putting Viagra down his pants (old nursing home trick).
spiritful59_1999 April 09, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Frivolous lawsuit...

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