Pa. police: Hidden camera catches elderly abuse at assisted-living facility

Apr 7, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Charleston Gazette

Aides at an assisted-living facility assaulted and mocked a half-naked dementia patient as the elderly woman struggled to flee her room and escape the torment, according to video evidence captured by a hidden camera in the room.

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JIM SCOTT

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Apr 13, 2011
 

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The board of directors should wipe out the executive staff at Sunrise and get new management. Because of their belt tightening posture, resident care takes a back seat. This has led to resident abuse and lack of their care in general. Their marketing of their programs is all fluff.
Barbara

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Sunrise Senior Living is the worst organization I have ever dealt with. Instead of worrying about flowers on the dinner tables or some other ridiculous things which they refer to as their "signature", they need to concentrate on well-trained and more staff. The assistants or "resident care assistants" (they love using euphemisms), are merely geriatric nursing assistants not certified nursing assistants, so the pay rate is less. In the "reminiscent area" (another euphemism for the dementia unit) the GNA's are expected to provide patient care, activities, set the tables for meals, serve the food, clean up after the meals, do laundry, etc. Basically anyone can give meds. The only thing needed is a 5 day course so the GNA's also give the medication which includes morphine to the hospice patients.

Whatever you do - do not put your parent in one of their homes. They are the cheapest, most awful employers!
So True

Leominster, MA

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Barbara wrote:
Sunrise Senior Living is the worst organization I have ever dealt with. Instead of worrying about flowers on the dinner tables or some other ridiculous things which they refer to as their "signature", they need to concentrate on well-trained and more staff. The assistants or "resident care assistants" (they love using euphemisms), are merely geriatric nursing assistants not certified nursing assistants, so the pay rate is less. In the "reminiscent area" (another euphemism for the dementia unit) the GNA's are expected to provide patient care, activities, set the tables for meals, serve the food, clean up after the meals, do laundry, etc. Basically anyone can give meds. The only thing needed is a 5 day course so the GNA's also give the medication which includes morphine to the hospice patients.
Whatever you do - do not put your parent in one of their homes. They are the cheapest, most awful employers!And all this for 11.75 per hour! And to ANYONE who posts"If you don't like your job leave" Well easier said then to do,1st of all not many companies are hiring unemployment is up to 10% plus,2nd while we dislike what goes on behind closed doors,or even opened doors.most of us are their for the elderly frail residents,whose families think this is the right thing for them (much better care than traditional nursing home)but last and not least,we really care about these folks,we worry about them when we're not there! It just plain sucks when we see how the E.D. and "supervisiors " do so little for so much more than $11.75....
So this is why we stay..except me after 4 years,I called the (Hotline)told them what was going on,after 2 months nothing was done I called the E.D. a useless waste of space how most of us had no respect for him,a phoney piece of shyt...and dump his 24oz.coffee on his brand new mahogany table(courtesy of the residents money)and walked out, feeling preety damn smug!

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Sunrise isn't the only assisted living that needs to be looked into. After working in one for almost 8 years I'm convinced that the states involved aren't doing their jobs. Abuse, neglect, wrongful deaths are rampant at these places and when complaints are filed with the state they come out and investigate then report "unfounded." I know in a lot of these cases the complaints were warranted. I would NEVER put my loved on in any kind of assisted living facility - they are understaffed; staff isn't appropriately trained (especially in Alzheimer's units) the chains that run them have regional people in charge who don't care about anything other than the money. I quit after finally getting enough of management and seeing our elderly people getting sub standard care.

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http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/20...

Believe it or not, Sunrise has it's license re-instated at Quadwrangle. State regulators don't care about the elderly - I don't care what facility or what state. They protect one another even with video proof of abuse, neglect, etc. If you have a family member in an assisted living facility ANYWHERE, keep solid documentation and if you believe there's abuse, get a video camera and place where it won't be seen. You'll need this for your lawsuit.
Assisted Living Buckhead

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This kind of abuse shouldn't be ignored. They must stop the operation of the said Assisted Living Facility.

Good number assisted-living facilities do an excellent job in caring for our nation's elders, but some wrestle with serious problems. The answer to finding a respectable facility is to do research your top contenders thoroughly.
Assisted Living Atlanta

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Jul 22, 2011
 
Immediately address any issues that arises surrounding elders care.

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