Family members speak out amid abuse claims at Junction City retirement home

Some residents reportedly feared what took place when they weren’t in their room.

Posted: Oct 9, 2020 6:40 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- Family members of residents who have lived in the Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living Community are speaking out.

Records from the Department of Human Services show a decade of abuse claims made in connection with the facility.

RELATED: RECORDS SHOW DECADE OF ABUSE CLAIMS AT JUNCTION CITY RETIREMENT HOME

Penny Stanislawski’s mother moved into the Junction City home in December 2017. Her mother passed away in July of this year.

“The turnover was horrible,” Stanislawski said. “Every time I was there, there were new people. It was really frustrating. At first the food was good, and then my mom started complaining about the food. I don't know if they were having the same issue in the kitchen, as they were with the people that took care of them.”

She said many of the other residents she’s spoken to viewed the staff as family, especially the ones who could rarely see their own.

“I would have been furious if I had any indication that anything like that was happening with my mom,” Stanislawski said. “You don't abuse your elders in any way shape or form. They deserved the care that they were paying for because it's not cheap to live in those places."

Others shared that some residents feared what took place when they weren’t in their room.

“She did say something about not wanting to leave money in the room because she was afraid that somebody would take it,” Stanislawski said. “I don't know if that was because something else had happened or what. This past year she spent a lot of time in her room because she was very ill in January and was pretty weak after that.”

Stanislawski did say that staff she spoke with loved her mother and viewed her as a “gentle soul.”

Her sister, Cathy Briggs, also spoke out.

“There were a lot of delays,” Briggs said. “The residents would be fed in their rooms, and Mom said that there would be times that it would take an hour and a half or more for her to get her meal. She didn't have medications or diet or diabetes, but for people who take certain medications and who are diabetic, that does matter.”

The DHS data reveals a variety of shocking details, such as a caregiver being accused of taking a meal away from a resident who wasn’t finished eating.

Another report shows a resident allegedly not being given their medication. That resident ended up in the hospital.

“It hits so close to home, and it's so hard to wrap my head around,” Briggs said.

New conditions have been placed on the license of the facility, which does the following:

  • Restricts any new admissions
  • Requires their management to enlist an administrative/RN consultant to advise the facility and the consultant must provide a report every two weeks
  • Mandates abuse reporting training
  • Requires a medication and pharmacy audit

RELATED: DHS PUTS CONDITIONS ON EMBATTLED RETIREMENT HOME'S LICENSE

To report violations, contact the Junction City Police Department at 541-998-1245.

If you would like yo report elder abuse, you can call 1-855-503-7233.

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