By Liz Freeman
Emergency license suspension will take effect at 5 pm on November 14. State orders require residents to be relocated in other ALFs.
Documents from the state show that officials suspended the license for the Woodlands assisted-living facility, Cape Coral, after it ignored a sexual abuse and failed to address other issues. They also ordered all residents relocated.
License suspension for the assisted living facility with 110 beds located at 825 Santa Barbara Boulevard. The license suspension will take effect on November 14th at 5pm.
The number of elderly people living in the Woodlands who must be moved or discharged is unclear.
Health care in Florida is plagued by a shortage of workers, high costs and employee burnout.
The Woodlands is owned by Langham Healthcare LLC. Officials could not be reached immediately for comment.
The Woodlands is a city with a long history of administrative complaints filed and fines over $26,000 imposed by the Agency for Health Care Administration since September 2019.
Atlantis Senior Living is a profit-making company with headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. Records show that Atlantis Senior Living controls Langham Healthcare 100%. Atlantis officials could not be contacted for a comment.
The state agency issued the suspension of the ALF’s license on the grounds that it had failed to comply with minimum licensing standards in order to protect its residents from abuse, neglect and threats, as well as to create a healthy living environment.
According to the state agency, the Woodlands has “vividly demonstrated” disregard for residents’ health and safety with an administrator in charge on numerous occasions failing to report adverse incidents or take action.
Failures include a resident masturbating another dementia resident and failing to investigate or move either resident to a new room, not repairing ceiling panels that fall due to mold and water damage, and lack of hot running water for the majority of residents.
A resident of the facility fell out the glass door at the entrance and another fled, a phenomenon known as “elopement”, when the main entry was opened. The staff was unaware that the resident had gone missing for more than two hours.
According to the state, The Woodlands also hasn’t been paying its bills, which could cause vendors of food and home healthcare to stop providing service to ALF.
The state concluded that “bed bugs, lack of hot-water, leaky pipes, malfunctioning emergency equipment and inadequate resident supervisors to prevent attacks, falls, or elopement” all reflect the gross failures within administration.
According to the order, “The facility in this case has shown an unwillingness or inability to comply with regulatory schemes.”
The order states that “These failures” include major deficiencies in the physical plant and inadequate water temperatures for residents to maintain a healthy and sanitary environment, as well as the lack of services and care to meet resident needs and prevent abuse and neglect.
According to the report, the administrator was responsible for ensuring that the center operated on a solid financial basis. He failed to meet this responsibility.
State agency stated that the findings justified an immediate suspension of license. The state will assist in getting residents discharged from the facility and relocated to another facility.
ALF must post the emergency order and state agencies will file an administrative complaint.
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