As a Pennsylvania nursing home lawyer, I have used this blog to follow the story of the Delaware County nursing home where three ex-employees are accused of abuse. That home, the Quadrangle Sunrise Senior Living Center in Haverford, had its license pulled by the state in late April after a resident’s family caught abuse on videotape. Now, as NBC Philadelphia reported May 27, the Quadrangle has received a new provisional license, covering only six months. The provisional license requires Sunrise Senior Living, the parent company, to meet multiple extra requirements to stay open, including implementing new hiring and training requirements; using independent oversight; and hiring an overnight manager for the dementia unit. Sunrise has a month to meet most of the requirements and 90 days to hire a full-time administrator with human services experience.
The Quadrangle hit the news after the family of Lois McCallister caught McCallister’s abuse on a “nanny camera” disguised as a clock. Three employees — Samirah Traynham, Tyrina Griffin and Ayesha Muhammed — were taped making fun of McCallister and refusing to let her get dressed or leave the room. They have been fired and face elder abuse charges, with an arraignment scheduled for June 16. The state also pulled the Quadrangle’s license to operate, saying its management failed to report abuse allegations, failed to investigate employee backgrounds quickly enough and made mistakes with medications and residents’ belongings. Sunrise appealed that decision, and it’s unclear whether the provisional license will end that appeal. The Philadelphia Inquirer noted that a provisional license can be pulled at any time.
As a Philadelphia medical malpractice lawyer, I am cautiously optimistic about this deal. The deal between Sunrise and the state DPW requires Sunrise to make major changes in the way it runs the Quadrangle, including new staff, more training for existing staff and independent oversight. If they work the way they’re intended, these measures could prevent more Pennsylvania nursing home abuse — which is what everyone wants. Closing this home might be appropriate if it’s unable to clean up its act, but if it’s not necessary, it’s best for patients not to move. The state may revoke this temporary license if it does not feel that Sunrise is living up to expectations. And of course, this move doesn’t take away the right of McCallister’s family to pursue its nursing home lawsuit, so they can collect damages for the injuries to her dignity as well as the very real financial strain of finding other elder care. As a Philadelphia injury lawyer, I wish them good luck and hope Sunrise can make the needed changes at the Quadrangle.
With five offices in greater Philadelphia, Rosenbaum & Associates represents clients throughout Pennsylvania who have suffered a death in the family or serious injuries to a loved one because of nursing home abuse. For a free, confidential case evaluation, call us toll-free at 1-800-7-LEGAL-7 or send us a message through our website.