Mountain Express: Assisted Living Facility Slammed for Improper Care

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SAFE HAVEN HOME, BELLEVUE
  • Safe Haven Home, Bellevue
A Wood River Valley assisted-living facility has admitted to "a plan of corrections," in the shadow of an investigation by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare that found residents experiencing severe weight loss because there wasn't enough to eat. The probe linked the food shortage to the alleged theft of food by the then-administrator of the Safe Haven Home in Bellevue.

This morning's Idaho Mountain Express reports that the Bellevue facility, one of 13 similar homes operated by Pocatello-based Safe Haven Health Care, including in Boise and Kuna, was the target of an investigation between Sept. 30 and Oct. 7, 2014. The Mountain Express reports that the investigation found several issues, including failure to properly administer medication, failure to keep accurate medical records and failure to maintain an appropriate infectious control program when the facility ran out of cleaning supplies.

According to a Health and Welfare document, one caregiver at the facility told investigators that when the administrator was responsible for buying food during the summer months of 2014, "the food didn't make it here." Another caregiver told investigators that the administrator did not shop for food for a 20-day period, and that the caregiver ended up making rice and cream soup for the residents. The Mountain Express reports that Health and Welfare investigators concluded that six of the seven residents dropped an average of 22 pounds over a period of 61 days.

The residents suffer from dementia, Parkinson's disease, cerebrovascular disease and other ailments, according to the Department of Health and Welfare.

Officials with Safe Haven agreed to a plan of correction and the facility has since been granted a six-month provisional license but isn't allowed to accept any new residents until a follow-up inspection is performed.