A Florida assisted living facility has been banned from admitting new residents by the state’s Agency for Healthcare Administration for “grossly failing” to protect residents from sexual or physical abuse by other residents.
The administration conducted an investigation into Inspired Living at Sun City Center in Ruskin, Florida. The home provides care for residents with cognitive disabilities. According to investigators, there were several instances of sexual and/or physical abuse among residents within the past 60 days. According to reports, workers and administrators at the facility were aware of the abusive behaviors but rarely intervened.
Some residents were seen by other residents and staff as inappropriately touching or exposing their genitals, even walking the halls completely naked. In one case, a state investigator witnessed a male resident grabbing a female resident by the neck, shaking her and striking her. No staff was present, leaving the investigator to intervene by pulling the man off the woman.
According to the report, staff was aware of these behaviors among some residents but they rarely notified the families of the victims or the perpetrators. The incidents were also not investigated to determine whether an intervention with the perpetrator was needed or whether a resident needed to be expelled from the facility.
Following its investigation, Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration determined that Inspired Living at Sun City Center was a threat to public health and placed an immediate moratorium on admissions.
Source: Fox 13 News