In the past two months we have been writing about the Quadrangle nursing home facility in Delaware County, PA and the alleged nursing home abuse of one of their resident, 78-year-old Lois McCallister. The facility lost their license from the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) last month when officials found out about an incident where three orderlies were mocking and abusing the dementia patient, forcing her to walk about her room naked while they laughed at her. Lois McAllister’s family caught the abuse on tape, and the staff members involved were arrested and charged.
Quadrangle’s License Restored by DPW for Six Months
The Quadrangle’s parent company Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. issued a press release on Thursday, May 26, 2011 stating that the facility has its license restored. The press release says:
Sunrise Senior Living, Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW), under which Sunrise’s license to operate the personal care home that is part of its Quadrangle Continuing Care Retirement Community in Haverford, Pennsylvania, has been reinstated after it had been revoked on April 29, 2011, following an isolated incident at the community.
Quadrangle’s license has been restored for the next six months. Under the terms of the agreement, the facility has to make some major changes to their operations. They have to have a manager for each shift responsible for the dementia care unit, the managers must take a leadership training course, all staff members of the dementia care unit must receive performance evaluations to assess their skills and empathy towards the patients, and when hiring new employees they must be evaluated for experience, skills and empathy.
This agreement will allow Sunrise to operate the Quadrangle under continued monitoring. The DPW has the right to revoke the provisional license if they feel the facility is at any point not following the agreement. The press release did not state how Quadrangle’s license was restored or of requirements placed on the facility by DPW. Hopefully these restrictions and monitoring will be enough for the Quadrangle to improve their care. This case of nursing home abuse is inexcusable and this facility should not be given any more chances.
Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect Attorneys in NJ and PA
If your loved one is currently a resident at a nursing home or long term care facility, pay close attention to their condition and the kind of care they receive. Your attentiveness is crucial to their continued safety at a nursing home. If you are worried that the care they are receiving is indeed negligent or abusive, contact the Mininno Law Office for a free case evaluation. You may also call for a free consultation at (856) 833-0600 in New Jersey or (215) 567-2380 in Philadelphia.