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Assisted-living center fined after reports of resident neglect

April 1, 2008

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The Windsor, an assisted-living facility in Lawrence, is facing a $10,000 fine after state regulators reported residents suffering from various forms of neglect, including bed sores and improperly cared-for hands, and facing risks of falling.

The Kansas Department on Aging announced the fine - the maximum civil penalty allowed by law - Tuesday afternoon, following a ruling signed March 17 that came from a site survey conducted at The Windsor from Feb. 29 through March 7.

Regulators described problems at The Windsor, 3220 Peterson Road, as having "significantly and adversely affected the health, safety, nutrition or sanitation of the adult care residents of the facility.

The center, licensed to have 44 residents, had 40 residents at the time of the survey, said Karen Sipes, a department spokeswoman.

The center is managed by Legend Senior Living LLC. Messages left at The Windsor and with Legend Senior Living were not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

The center is now back in compliance with its license, Sipes said, and the management company has not filed an appeal.

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gkwhdw 6 years, 6 months ago

Old age is creeping up on me more each and every day. I hope and pray that my kids take good care of me at home as long as I can be independent. Nobody in the resthomes seem to think anything is wrong with letting and old person sit in their own waste, they figure they're too old to know what's goin on anyway. But even if they didn't know, why would any caring human being want to put someone thru that kind of indecent exposure? Age has nothing to do with disrespect for someone other than yourself, straighten up all you caregivers and love someone else enough to give them the self-respect they well deserve in their twilight years.They've earned it!

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toefungus 6 years, 6 months ago

I hope I have the big one and save everyone the trouble.

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PatKirk 6 years, 6 months ago

My parents are in Presbyterian Manor. My mother has many physical problems. The staff there take excellent care of both my parents. Let's not paint all the facilities with the same brush.

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gerbilsniper 6 years, 6 months ago

The worst problem is that these places are a business trying to turn a profit. This means they are understaffed and those that are sufficiantly staffed are staffed by underqulalified individuals. Would you want to change an adult diaper for 7 bucks an hour?

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juslisen 6 years, 6 months ago

First of all I work in the healthcare field and find it offensive that it is the opinion of a lot of people that ALL healthcare workers let the elderly sit in their own waste, are neglectful to the elderly, etc. We we get hit, kicked, pinched, bit, scratched, urinated on, puked on and yelled at by family members but even after all that when your Grandma, Grandpa, Mother, Father, Sister, Brother etc is sick with the flu who is there to help them and clean up the BM and the vomit????? We are! When your family member can't feed themselves anymore who do you think feeds them and makes sure they eat and drink????? We do! When they cry because their family doesn't come see them who do you think comforts them???? We do! When they are confused and wondering the halls looking for a husband or wife who has passed who do you think listens to them and consoles them???? WE DO!!!! Sadly we are the closest thing to family alot of these residents have either because their family doesn't come see them or they have no one close by so please don't judge everyone in the healthcare field in such a negative way. You can ask anyone who works in healthcare if they are there for the money and I bet 9 out of 10 people say no they are there because they love to help other people unfortunately there are a few who are not in this profession for the right reasons I am not in denial about that but to pass judgement on everyone is not right. It takes a special kind of person to do what we do everyday, you have to be a caring, unselfish and patient individual. As far as being under educated for the job I work as a CMA but have an Associates in Applied Science and numerous other licenses in healthcare and most of the people I know have either been CNA's for years or are furthering their education in the health care field. Healthcare is one of the most unappreciated lines of work there is so next time you go visit your family member or talk to your Doctor or his nurse try saying Thank you, you would be surprised how much a small jesture like that means to us. For those of you who stood up for your family members staff by saying what a wonderful job they do Thank you.

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aginglady 6 years, 6 months ago

DIdn't Eudora's home offer a CNA course?Was that stopped when the place was sold?With the cost of gas, fewer people will drive to KC for CNA training, someone should offer that again.Another place that offers training and a job while taking classes.

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