The State of Washington revoked the license for an adult care home, Carol’s Country Touch, after investigators found evidence of abuse. Reporter, Leah Beth Ward, writing for The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the investigation of Carol’s Country Touch on South 32nd Avenue began last summer after a resident reported that she had been verbally attacked and grabbed “harshly and angrily.”
The operator of Carol’s Country Touch, Carol Winters, was reported to have berated residents, yelling and cursing at them when they ate too slowly or walked too slowly. The state says that a license of a facility can be revoked if the operator fails to provide an environment where residents are “free from physical and mental abuse.” A state administrative law judge sided with the state when Winters appealed the license revocation.
The residents were moved to other group homes in mid-August after the state revoked Winters’ license.. David Moon, regional administrator for Residential Care Services, said the state shuts down one or two facilities in the Yakima and Central Washington area per year. The DSHS Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA) regulates adult care homes and their web-site provides a wealth of information.
Families of nursing home or group home residences should look for some of the followings signs of physical or emotional abuse:
• Patient is belittled, threatened and verbally or emotionally abused.
• Patient is unclean and their hair is not washed.
• Patient’s dentures are not clean or they are not receiving proper oral care.
• Patient has an unexplained weight loss.
• Patient has bedsores or ulcers.
• Patient has broken bones.
• Patient has an unexplained withdrawal in social interactions, a drastic change in their moods.
• Patients have frequent urinary tract infections.
• Patient’s skin is dry and flaky or red with tears.
• Patient is immobile for long periods of times.
• Incontinent patients are constantly in a wet and soiled condition.
• Patients are physically restrained.
• Few staff visit resident’s rooms.
• Patient’s physical or mental status has changed and the family has not been informed.
• Patient has had a fall.
• Patient has unexplained bruising.
• Patient’s personal belongings have gone “missing” or their financial situation has changed drastically.
If your spouse, parent or loved one has been seriously injured or has died as a result of nursing home neglect or abuse, you should contact an attorney who specializes in elder law. The Farber Law Group has more than 30 years experience in representing families of elderly, infirm and vulnerable adults. Contact us for a free case evaluation.