City First Hill Senior Housing Facility Being Investigated for Abuse
posted by November 6 at 14:10 PMon
A First Hill assisted living facility is under investigation by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) and has been told to stop accepting new residents until staff receive additional training.
An October 28th DSHS report accuses Faerland Terrace—located on Minor and Pike—staff of improperly handling residents suffering dementia. According to the report, staff apparently pinned the arms of a combative resident in order to get them dressed, and failed to brush another resident’s teeth for over a year.
The report says a staff member also struck a resident in the back of the head, and the facility apparently has had problems with some residents urinating and forcing tongue kisses on other residents. There also appear to have been problems with residents assaulting, chasing, biting and tripping each other.
Faerland, which has about 100 residents, is appealing DSHS’ “stop placement” order, and the facility’s executive director, Tommy Tomlinson, says she’s filed a complaint with the state, claiming her staff was harassed by a DSHS inspector.
“I’ve already asked the inspector not to step into the building again,” Tomlinson says. “The state inspector came in and intimidated and harassed my staff…pushing them, asking them the same question four or five times [and] upsetting the residents.”
DSHS was unavailable for comment on Tomlinson’s claims of harassment.
Tomlinson downplays the incidents listed in the report, insisting that DSHS’ accusations are “erroneous and false.” But, she says, “We’re guilty until we prove otherwise. All of our patients are happy as can be.”
Considering these alleged abuses are exactly what supporters of I-1029—which would double the training requirements for caretakers to about 70 hours—have been crowing about, I asked Faerland what she thought of the initiative.
“1029 will be onerous for everyone in long term care. There’s no way the state’s going to be able to oversee this,” she says.
DSHS has given Faerland until November 17th to retrain its staff.