Residents of Philadelphia and Willow Grove were appalled to find out that their local nursing homes, Willow Crest Manor, was being shut down by the Department of Public Works. The DPW was quick to pull the plug on the home after investigations in to two suspicious deaths uncovered gross negligence and massive rule violations.
The list of egregious violations included the administration of recalled drugs after the date of the recall, the distribution of medicine to its customers by unlicensed and under trained employees, and the use of prescription drugs without a doctor’s orders. The DPW found that medicines given to residents weren’t being recorded, often resulting in patients receiving over or under doses of their life saving medication. One resident said that after he told the staff he needed insulin, they did not provide it to him, forcing him to inject it himself while unsupervised.
The deaths of a 49-year old woman and a 24-year-old man with cerebral palsy found dead in his bed have resulted from similar violations. It was obvious that residents at Willow Crest were in immediate and serious danger. The DPW ordered that all 51 residents, about half of who are elderly and most of whom suffer from mental illness, be evacuated and relocated at once.
Willow Crest Manor was among many major homes in the Philadelphia metropolitan area under scrutiny by the DPW. There seems to be a common link between them all however: Owner Annand P Mittal. The DPW has been finding serious state violations at his other agencies—including Southampton Manor in Bucks County, and Diston Manor and Adelphia in Philadelphia—that have caused them to ban his operating licenses.
Evidence from around the state and the rest of the country has highlighted that this is not an isolated problem. Many privately owned for-profit nursing homes have been subject to criticism due to excessive negligence and rule violations. Thankfully the Department of Public Works has done the right thing, however they certainly wont be able to remedy the damages already dealt by Willow Crest and other facilities like it. If you know someone who has been a victim of the Willow Crest Manor or any other Pennsylvania or New Jersey nursing homes, please contact the Law Firm of John Mininno. There are legal remedies to help your family.