Assisted Living Facility Closed After Discovery Of Gagged, Bound Residents

An assisted living home for senior citizens was shut down because of disturbing allegations of abuse. Investigators say some residents were tied to their wheelchairs and had gags placed in their mouths.

Detectives and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began elder abuse investigations after they say a witness came forward and said something very wrong was happening behind closed doors.

"This was physical abuse that involved patients being inappropriately restrained in the facility," said a police spokesperson.

Police say the most serious allegations involve an 88-year-old woman and an 83-year-old woman -- two of the home's eight elderly residents. According to published reports, a female Alzheimer's's disease patient had tape and a cloth rag tied over her mouth one or more times since April.

The 88-year-old woman was allegedly tied to a wheelchair to prevent her from biting and scratching a caregiver on "numerous occasions" and a caregiver allegedly admitted to using sheets and belts to tie residents to their chairs. According to reports, the patients' doctors never ordered that they be placed in restraints. 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.