Sunrise Senior Living unit gets license reinstated

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Posted: May 26, 2011 8:44 PM
Sunrise Senior Living unit gets license reinstated

Elder-care home operator Sunrise Senior Living Inc. said Thursday that Pennsylvania state officials have reinstated its license to operate a facility where a hidden camera allegedly captured aides assaulting and mocking a half-naked dementia patient.

The company had its license revoked on April 29, following the incident at the Quadrangle Continuing Care Retirement Community in Haverford.

Sunrise said it reached an agreement with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, but didn't provide details of the pact that led to its license being reinstated.

Last month, state regulators said that their investigation of the incident uncovered violations that demonstrated gross incompetence, negligence and misconduct. The investigation also found that a Quadrangle administrator did not report allegations of abuse to the state or the county.

Investigators found three different incidents or complaints of abuse from March.

Delaware County authorities charged three aides with aggravated assault, neglect of a care-dependent person and other crimes.

Sunrise Senior Living operates 17 facilities in Pennsylvania, and more than 300 facilities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. The company is based in McLean, Va.

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