State plans to revoke assisted living license

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The state of Florida plans to revoke the license of a memory care community for not protecting residents from a resident who “had a known history of aggressive sexual behavior” and for providing inadequate medical care to a resident who subsequently had a toe amputated.

A judge will decide the fate of Seasons by Riviera, a Five Star Senior Living community, at a Dec. 2 administrative hearing. Until that time, it remains open, the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration confirmed to McKnight's Senior Living. Five Star Senior Living did not respond to a request for comment.

A deficiency report on Florida AHCA's website indicates that the community moved a male resident with a history of touching and kissing female residents from one area of the building to another “due to his sexual advances towards a female resident,” but it made no plans to monitor him after that. Subsequently, the male resident was found in the bed of a female resident, and both said that sexual contact occurred.

The executive director did not file an adverse incident report with AHCA or contact the state Department of Children and Families or law enforcement, according to the agency. AHCA also says the executive director falsified records to cover up the assault and did not seek medical care for the female resident. Criminal charges related to the incident could be filed if the state attorney's office decides to prosecute, AHCA said.

Another deficiency report involving the community indicates that a medication technician told the executive director that a 92-year-old resident had stubbed her toe, which subsequently swelled and became red. The community did not have a nurse at the time, and the executive director, a licensed practical nurse, did not inspect the resident's toe until five days later. Doctors subsequently decided to amputate the toe due to infection.

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