According to The Denver Post (5/13/12), five families have filed lawsuits against Adolescent and Family Institute of Colorado, alleging serious violations on the part of the facility and its staff. Among the allegations are that residents were taken off medications without justification; that residents were ordered to lie to justify treatment; and that residents were isolated from their families.
The facility, reportedly created to help teens address psychological and behavioral issues, has already faced several lawsuits regarding its practices, which allegedly involve abusive conduct on the part of staff. These practices reportedly included discontinuing psychiatric medications, decreasing a diabetic patient's insulin and conducting invasive sexual exams on residents.
Plaintiffs in the lawsuits seek in excess of $100,000 in damages.
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Houser's failure to pay vendors resulted in improper meals for residents, delayed garbage removal and dirty and unsanitary living conditions. Money that Houser received from Medicare and Medicaid was reportedly spent on real estate investments, luxury cars and new homes. Houser's three nursing homes were reportedly shut down by the state.
Care center abuse can cause not only emotional damage to residents, it can cause permanent physical harm and can even result in the death of residents. A home's failure to provide adequate medicine, failure to respond to medical needs and failure to provide adequate care can all have a devastating impact on care home residents. Even if residents survive their ordeal, they may have permanent injuries or emotional trauma.