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

There are 8 comments on the Charleston Gazette story from Apr 7, 2011, titled Pa. police: Hidden camera catches elderly abuse at assisted-living facility. In it, Charleston Gazette reports that:

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

Pittsburgh, PA

#1 Apr 13, 2011
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

Pikesville, MD

#2 May 5, 2011
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

#3 May 17, 2011
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!

Since: Oct 08

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#4 May 18, 2011
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.

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#5 May 30, 2011
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

Philippines

#6 Jul 22, 2011
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

Atlanta, GA

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

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Keeping an eye

Templeton, MA

#9 Feb 28, 2016
So True wrote:
<quoted text>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!
I too have a parent in this facility. She fell about a year ago, the staff supposively found her on the floor, decided to move her into a shower chair (realize the lack of training here , moving a woman with dementia from the floor to the shower chair) then proceeded to give her a shower. The staff on this particular day I was told felt the warm water would make her feel better, what stupidity! My mother had a broken hip!!! The home has no record of what happen. Convenient ! She is still in place here, I have no control over where she stays, that is the decision of the executor of the estate. When I visit her at night I find her sitting alone in her wheelchair, nobody with her, just sitting alone and lonely, this is so heartbreaking to see, especially as she was walking fine before being placed in this sub standard facility. The staff barely speak English, and a few refer to my mother as mama, such indignant comments coming from supposively trained staffer. Her door is often times unlocked and other residents have been seen rummaging through her personal belongings. The staff is suppose to encourage her to walk to her meals, three times daily, this according to a typed note in her bathroom which I have a photo of, written by the manager of the floor. The staff simply wheel her out to the dining room, and when I pointed out the directions of the manager on the floor in charge of the "memory unit" I was told by this person that my mother is not one of the residents she usually cares for. I guess she. Thought that excused her from taking proper care of my mother. Your comment about their signature flowers, could be a reason to try to disguise the extremely strong odor of urine, this has been noticed on several occations in the common areas.
My advice to anyone considering placing a loved one here would be to think again, try to take care of them at home where they will be socialized and with people who love them. You never really know how people are treated when there is nobody watching.

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