Assisted Living Facility Shut Down For High Number of Care Deficiencies

An assisted living facility has been shut down and fined $5,000 over care issues. The state cited a pattern of deficiencies from filthy bathrooms to missing paperwork to the administrator calling one resident a "cripple." The facility was closed Feb. 5. The more than 45 violations since August 2007, did not directly threaten the health, safety and welfare of residents, but the volume allows the state to revoke the facility's license.

Residents of the 27-bed group home have been relocated. The complaint filed against the facility notes the failure of staff to make sure each resident had a required health assessment within 30 days of admission. The facility also failed to require all staff to get proof they were free of contagious diseases.

In one case, a resident alleged that a staff member offered the resident a "special treat" of chocolate pudding that the resident later learned was mixed with a laxative. The resident refused to eat the pudding. The employee later confided in another employee that the pudding had been tainted "because the staff member was angry with the resident for calling her names," according to the state investigator's report.

Other problems are noted in a report from the state's Long Term Care Ombudsman program. The agency uses volunteers to visit elder care facilities and act as advocates for residents. The Ombudsman outlined "numerous issues which, though the owner and staff were alerted several times, were never corrected." For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter,Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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