Posted On: January 12, 2009 by Pennsylvania Personal Injury Attorney

Neglect and Abuse at Assisted Living/Personal Care Facility

State closes Willow Grove personal-care home after 2 deaths

The state closed Willow Crest Manor, a personal-care home in Willow Grove PA, after two residents died there. According to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer, it was understaffed, and medication was dispensed by unlicensed employees. The owner is now fighting to get his license back.

The state agency found that medicines given to residents weren't recorded, so there was no way to know whether they were receiving the right amount. Some patients received recalled prescription medications, while others got pills without doctor’s orders, according to the Department of Public Welfare.

The owner, Anand P. Mittal, was also accused of choking a Parkinson's patient. He was charged with assault, harassment and disorderly conduct and the case is pending trial. Mitall also has other facilities that the DPW is cracking down on.

Forty-eight residents were moved out of Willow Crest Manor after the deaths. Many of them had mental-health problems.

According to the article, the DPW first intervened at Willow Crest in November 2005 and violations have continued ever since.

Mittal was required to hire an independent administrator and undergo independent medication audits. According to that administrator, sections of the facility were old and run-down, there were few activities for the residents, and the staff was poorly trained.

In August an employee told the administrator she saw Mittal put his hands around the neck of a 74-year-old man for 20 to 30 seconds when the man knocked on a locked door to get into the lobby.

This is one example of inadequate care and abuse at assisted living/personal care facilities. It is the responsibility of nursing home administrators to conduct thorough background checks on who they hire. If nursing homes do not fulfill their responsibilities, they must be held accountable.

If you or someone in your family has been a victim of negligence at a personal care facility/assisted living in PA, the Pennsylvania nursing home abuse lawyers at Cherry, Fieger & Marciano will use their knowledge, their aptitude and their ability in pursuit of obtaining considerable damages for the injured party.