Orange City Assisted Living Investigated for Sex Between Residents• Daytona Beach News Journal
By Mike Finch II
State regulators halted patient admissions at an Orange City assisted-living facility this week after learning administrators failed to properly investigate and report numerous incidents of sexual contact between one male patient and multiple female patients.
Savannah Court of Orange City was told it can no longer accept new residents to the 45-bed facility on Strawberry Oaks Drive until the state Agency for Health Care Administration lifts the ban.
Regulators called the events “egregious” in a filing dated Feb. 28, and said they plan to initiate administrative court proceedings with the facility’s owner, Coconut Creek-based Senior Living Management Corporation.
“The effects of this event inure all residents of the facility,” regulators wrote in the order. “No individual should reside in any licensed facility in which a resident may be at risk or subjected to inappropriate sexual behaviors from any source.”
An AHCA employee first began investigating the incidents on Feb. 20.
The agency employee discovered that on several occasions, a male resident was caught in various sexual encounters with other female patients. AHCA’s order does not elaborate on whether any of the encounters with patients were consensual.
In all, the agency documented six incidents, according to AHCA officials: the man was twice found engaging in sexual intercourse with another patient; he touched staff members inappropriately; he was found once locked in the bathroom with another patient with his pants down; and he exposed himself, forcing female patients to touch his genitals.
The incidents were reported by staff, but the facility’s top managers never ordered changes. What’s more, regulators said, employees were unaware that they were also required to report the incidents to Florida’s Department of Children and Families.
AHCA officials concluded: “The facility lacks a cogent understanding of a resident’s right to personal dignity, individuality, and privacy.”