Pa. says assisted living facility failed to prevent sexual assaults

Carlisle/West Shore

The state Department of Human Services has given notice that it is revoking the personal care home license of an assisted living facility in Cumberland County, saying the home did not protect female residents from sexual abuse.

The department also banned new admissions at Brookdale Grandon Farms, in Hampden Township, and it threatened to slap the facility with fines of $970 per day.

Brookdale’s operator, Milwaukee-based Emeritus Corporation, was informed of the penalties in a letter dated May 21.

The letter stated the penalties were based on Brookdale’s failure to comply with regulations and “gross incompetence, negligence, and misconduct in operating the facility” at 1100 Grandon Way.

The department said Brookdale Grandon Farms did not report nine sexual assaults by a male resident of female residents in the secured dementia care unit in June and July of 2017.

According to the violation report, the man touched women’s breasts, put his hands down their shirts, and placed one woman’s hand inside his pants. He was found in the bed of one resident, and he tried to get into bed with another.

Brookdale also failed to report that the male resident grabbed the arm of a female resident and caused a skin tear in May 2017.

The man is no longer a resident of the personal care home. However, his record does not state when he was discharged from the facility, his destination, or the reason for his discharge.

The report also states that five staff members — who are not medical professionals and did not complete medication administration training — gave medicines to residents at least 29 times in December 2017.

Attorneys for the facility have notified the department they plan to appeal the sanctions, stating in a May 31 letter that Brookdale “firmly believes it will prevail” and a hearing will show the decision “is not supported by a preponderance of the evidence.”

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