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Nursing Home Cited for Resident Abuse, Other Serious Violations

Montrose Health Center in Lee County is again being cited and fined for serious violations due to inadequate resident care. The Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals, and Licensing (DIAL) has proposed fines against the facility totaling $44,250 for numerous violations. New Citations Against Montrose Health Center The most recent violations…

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98 Deaths of Seniors Wandering From Assisted Living Facilities

Between 2018 and late 2023, the Washington Post found 98 incidents involving cognitively impaired seniors who wandered from their assisted-living facilities, or were left unattended outside, and died. Reporters from The Post compiled the list using state inspection reports, reports from local media, police reports and legal records. Even though…

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Balance Autism Cited; Residents Were Put in Immediate Jeopardy

Balance Autism in central Iowa is an intermediate level facility that treats and cares for adults with autism. Following a state inspection last January, however, the facility came under fire after being cited for 18 regulatory violations. These violations also resulted in a $5,000 fine against the facility. Situations observed…

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State Inspectors Assess $6,000 Fine on Northridge Village After Resident’s Death

An assisted living center in Ames, Iowa was fined $6,000 following the death of a resident. This death is the third at Northridge Village in the last three years. Northridge, which consists of both an assisted living facility and a nursing home, was also cited following the deaths of the…

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Algorithm Blamed for Understaffing Issues at Assisted Living Facilities

Over 20 years ago, a group of senior-housing executives created an algorithm-based system, called “Service Alignment.” The purpose of this algorithm was to create a streamlined approach to staffing at assisted living facilities that would help cut costs and raise revenue. Brookdale Senior Living, which currently has over 652 facilities,…

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More Family Oversight Needed Amid Rise in Nursing Home Violations

The increase in citations for serious nursing home violations at several Iowa facilities is deeply concerning. It is especially alarming for families with elderly loved ones living in these long-term care facilities. These reports only underscore the need for families to assert increased oversight over their loved one’s long-term care…

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Iowa Nursing Home Administrator Surrenders License Amid Abuse Allegations

Jens Lee, the longtime administrator of New London Specialty Care in Henry County has decided to surrender his license. This devision comes after facing accusations of failing to protect residents at the facility from abuse. According to state records, Lee was the administrator at New London from at least 2006…

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State Inspectors Cite Iowa Care Facility for Failing to Adequately Respond to Resident’s Head Injury

State inspectors have cited Dunlap Specialty Care for its poor response to a resident’s severe head injury, an injury that proved fatal. This is one of the latest citations for a facility with a history of violations, including incidents of physical abuse and COVID-19 protocol breaches, raising serious questions about…

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Iowa Nursing Home Cited for Abuse and Death of a Resident

The Iowa Department of Inspections, Appeals and Licensing recently assessed multiple violations against Parkview Manor in Wellman. Following a four-week investigation, inspectors cited the eastern Iowa nursing home with 24 state and federal violations. The number of violations, which is unusually high, includes medication errors, failure to prevent and report…

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2022 Report From Health and Human Services Details Four Federal Citations Against Rock Haven Nursing Home

In 2022, the Department of Health and Human Services issued four federal citations against Rock Haven nursing home. The citations were issued because residents were threatened, intimidated and financially extorted. Unfortunately, officials in Janesville say those in charge of Rock Haven have not made any changes to help protect residents…

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