Employees at a Las Vegas assisted-living and Alzheimer’s facility may face criminal neglect charges in connection with an ongoing investigation into the horrific care of elderly residents — some of whom were hospitalized because they did not receive their medication.
The Nevada Division of Aging and Disability Services investigated and confirmed a complaint of elder neglect at Chancellor Gardens of the Lakes and referred it to the attorney general’s office to determine whether criminal charges will be filed, officials said Tuesday.
The accusations stem from an ongoing investigation by the Nevada State Health Division of Chancellor Gardens, where the state previously found that dozens of the elderly residents had gone without their medications — resulting in three hospitalizations — and had suffered neglect at the hands of unqualified employees.
In the newest report, released Monday, the state found:
• Hundreds of pills that should have been administered to residents were instead discovered discarded in containers intended for needles and other sharp objects.
• A resident suffering from dementia — and unable to care for her colostomy — should not have been admitted to the facility because there were no medical personnel to provide care.
• Employees were unable to explain how to look for urinary tract infections or care for patients who had catheters.
• The facility failed to notify a patient’s guardian when the resident was admitted to the hospital.
• A patient with a history of seizures suffered four falls and required hospitalization.
The problems at Chancellor Gardens have been ongoing, even though state inspectors have been present or in contact with the facility for months.
Chancellor Gardens is owned by Utah-based Senior Management Concepts. One of the owners, Vaughn Pulsipher, told the Sun he is aware of the problems, taking them seriously and correcting them.
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