Records show decade of abuse claims at Junction City retirement home

Data from DHS shows complaints ranging from licensing violations to neglecting to give medicine to a resident which resulted in harm.

Posted: Oct 8, 2020 12:53 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2020 6:57 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. – As allegations of misconduct surface at a Junction City retirement home, records show reports of abuse and neglect at the facility go back to 2011.

The Oregon Department of Humans Services said the current ownership took over Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living Community in 2013, but the reports of abuse didn’t stop then.

MORE: CLAIMS OF NEGLECT, ABUSE SURFACE AT JUNCTION CITY RETIREMENT HOME

Data from DHS shows complaints ranging from licensing violations to neglecting to give medicine to a resident which resulted in harm. According to DHS, a resident was reportedly hospitalized in March 2018 as a result of that neglect.

In 2013, the facility failed to provide a safe environment after a resident was handled so roughly, it was considered physical abuse, according to the DHS website.

Then in May 2015, more than 100 pills of anti-anxiety medicine were reported missing. They were later found in an "unknown person's" posessions. DHS concluded the facility failed to provide a safe medication administration system.

In May 2018, DHS found the facility failed to provide appropriate care when a resident was pushed improperly in their walker causing them to fall backward and hit their head.

Records also show that in October 2019, a resident reportedly fell while trying to use the bathroom and since the gait belt being used to help them be transported was too loose, the resident suffered multiple injuries including a broken rib.

These are just a few of the dozen violations listed on the DHS website. To read the full list of abuse reports, click here.

Sen. James Manning visited Junction City on Wednesday after receiving reports of elder abuse at the facility.

“I’ve been hearing rumors of neglect," said Manning. "That we cannot have. I hear that the staff is not available. People are not being fed and their medications are (not) being delivered on time. We cannot have that.”

KEZI 9 News has reached out to DHS and Adult Protective Services and has not heard back at this time.

Frontier Management, which oversees the facility, has declined to comment.

All 42 residents are currently evacuated due to an extended power outage that started in the early morning hours on Tuesday.

This is a developing story.

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