Updated:OLYMPIA, Wash. —
A 56-year-old nurse has been charged with unprofessional conduct for falling in love with 80-year-old patient and receiving money from him, the Washington State Nursing Commission said.
According to the state health department’s statement of charges, Cynthia Yvonne Perry provided in-home care for the man from June to October 2009.
In June 2012, the man needed in-home health care services again, and his son asked the agency not to assign Perry to his father again because he believed they were having an intimate relationship and his father had bought expensive items for Perry, documents said.
The man’s son also said Perry had moved in with his father.
Charging documents said that when Perry was confronted, she admitted she and the 80-year-old patient were in love and that their relationship started toward the end of the time she cared for him in 2009.
Perry said she and the man kissed and hugged and began what she called a “loving relationship” when her care for him ended, according to state officials.
Perry also admitted that the man provided her with some financial help and said they had a three-year relationship, documents said.
Perry was charged with unprofessional conduct in October.
Under law, nurses should never engage or attempt to engage in sexual or romantic conduct with clients or a client’s immediate family members or significant others. Such conduct does not have to involve sexual contact.
Possible action against Perry is pending.