DSS Reports A Multitude of Care Issues at One Assisted Living Facility

Investigation into on assisted living facility uncovers a multitude of care issues. The complaints range from sexual abuse and rape to poor distribution of medication and sub-standard living conditions. The facility was looked into after two former employees alerted local media and government offices. They found that Department of Social Services got six complaints about the assisted living facility last January alone.

While the specific complaints aren't documented, here's what DSS found after investigation: Residents in the Special Care Unit, which houses dementia patients and others with special needs, were not getting adequate supervision. This resulted in three different occasions of sexual assault by a resident in the unit. When interviewed various staff members admitted to witnessing the sexual assault, yet the facility failed to follow their own guidelines for handling sexual assault which state that the victim should be examined by a doctor and the administrator should be notified who will then immediately notify DSS.

The DSS report also states that staff members consistently failed to document medicine distribution, and that the facility hired a staff member that had already been placed on the state health care personnel registry for neglect of a patient at another facility.  DSS received a total of 23 complaints against the facility last year and has already received eight complaints this year. Last year they also received three "Type A" violations which are considered the most serious.  For more, read the story.

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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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