State officials have permanently shut down an assisted living facility and an adult day care center after they discovered patients had been abused and neglected. The state had sued and accused both facilities of threatening the health and safety of over 50 residents. As part of the settlement, the owners agreed to shut down the facilities, pay a $100,000 fine and refrain from providing health care services in the future.
According to a 2011 inspection report, the residents of the two facilities were neglected and subjected to repeated verbal and physical abuse, including being forced to wear soiled diapers around their necks. Investigators interviewed a staff member at the adult day care who said that the owner had pinned incontinent pads to resident's clothing every day and that it was a common practice, according to an investigation report. The facility was closed in April 2011, pending the outcome of the trial. It will now remain permanently closed. 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.
Posted on Sun, November 25, 2012
by Kristie Pierce