A Baltimore assisted living home that was licensed for four beds actually housed sixteen residents, according to a Baltimore County police investigation. The Maryland Office of Health Care Quality initiated an investigation after the cousin of an 85-year-old resident of the Maryland assisted living home allegedly found her relative tied to a chair, with her moldy dentures placed on a nearby sink, on March 7, 2017. The resident was taken to a hospital but her condition was not released.
According to reports, state investigators arrived at the Maryland assisted living facility on March 9, 2017 and were told by the owners that the residents were at the movies. The state investigators reportedly entered the assisted living home and found two residents in a locked room. One of the residents was then taken to the hospital for evaluation and treatment of possible dehydration.
The state investigators reportedly then found twelve residents in a locked room on the second floor of the Maryland assisted living facility. All of those residents were checked by paramedics who were called to the scene and were determined to be in good health. However, they reportedly were not allowed to leave their rooms and were in need of food and water.
All of the residents, who ranged in age from 50 to 95, were moved to other assisted living homes.
Police reported that there were seventeen beds in the Maryland assisted living home and that the facility appeared clean and well-maintained. While none of the residents appeared upset about their living conditions, some were happy and crying when they were removed from the home.
A spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police Department stated that the Baltimore County State’s Attorney Office will decide whether any criminal charges will be filed: “This is going to be a lengthy and complicated investigation before charges are brought, to make sure it is investigated thoroughly and justice is brought to all victims involved.”
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene states on its website: “The Office of Health Care Quality licenses and certifies facilities and programs throughout Maryland. Licensing authorizes a facility to do business in the state … The Assisted Living Unit is the lead unit for overseeing and enhancing regulatory compliance for assisted living programs in the State by ensuring compliance to standards to assure the safety and well-being of the individuals residing in the programs. Assisted living programs are residential or facility-based programs that provide housing and supportive services, supervision, personalized assistance, and/or health-related services to meet the needs of residents who are unable to perform or need assistance in performing activities of daily living.”
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