Advocates tell of failures at Atria Senior LivingCompany operates senior facility in SalisburyBusiness Wire
“As the assisted living industry celebrates National Assisted Living Week (Sept. 9 – 15), the Campaign to Improve Assisted Living and SEIU Healthcare are reminding the public that all is not well in the country’s assisted living facilities. The Campaign is calling on Atria Senior Living, the nation’s third-largest senior living provider, to put care first and make sure our nation’s seniors get the quality care and services they need.”
“Unfortunately, recent reviews of government inspection reports and stories from residents and their family members reveal serious problems such as medication errors, low staffing, residents wandering away, and inadequate emergency planning. Atria Senior Living has been cited more than 1,000 times for serious resident care problems.”
The Campaign has recently put together a report based on state inspection reports that details problems at this for-profit chain. Residents have reported paying thousands of dollars a month for their small apartments, yet low staffing and care problems persist. Some examples of the problems include:– Several disturbing incidences of serious medication errors,including a resident of Atria Campana Del Rio in Tucson, Ariz.who died after receiving medicine meant for her husband formore than a month.– An inspection of Atria Kingwood in Texas revealed a 26 percentmedication error rate. Studies show that medication errorsincrease, and the quality of resident care as a wholedecreases, when staffing is low.– Atria Covell Gardens in Davis, CA was cited for having onlyone employee available to provide care to the facility’s 152 residents.– Atria Virginia Beach was cited twice for having no staff onduty at its assisted living component.
GREAT ARTICLE – learn more here: www.improveassistedliving.org.