Employees at a Las Vegas assisted-living and Alzheimer’s facility could face criminal charges as part of an ongoing investigation into allegations of neglect.
The Nevada Division of Aging and Disability Services turned over an investigative report to the attorney general’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.
The agency’s investigation confirmed a complaint of elder neglect at Chancellor Gardens of the Lakes.
In a report released Monday, investigators said hundreds of pills that should have been administered were discarded, a patient with a history of seizures had suffered several falls and the facility failed to notify a patient’s guardian when the resident was admitted to the hospital.
Investigators also found that staff could not explain how to look for urinary tract infections or care for patients who had catheters.
The report, which is based on a survey from Oct. 20 to Nov. 2, details conditions for the 110 residents, some of whom pay up to $4,000 each month to stay there.
The accusations are part of ongoing allegations of neglect by facility employees. Previously, investigators found dozens of residents went without their medications and suffered neglect under the care of unqualified staff.
Marla McDade Williams, chief of the Nevada Health Division’s Bureau of Health Care Quality and Compliance, said a survey that concluded last week also uncovered problems, even though facility operators knew they were under state scrutiny.
State inspectors have been at Chancellor Gardens at least a half-dozen times this year.
The facility is one of 14 owned by Utah-based Senior Management Concepts. One of the owners, Vaughn Pulsipher, said he is correcting the problems.
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