Assisted living facility shut down

December 11, 2008 3:39:12 PM PST
Pennsylvania state officials issued an immediate shut down order for Willow Crest Manor in Upper Moreland, an assisted living facility. Police are investigating the deaths of two residents there over the past two weeks, following a long history of violations. That's why the Department of Public Welfare took the extraordinary step of shutting down the place immediately.

"The department has determined that the conditions and the care provided here constitute an immediate danger to the residents," said Matt Jones of the Dept. of Public Welfare.

Authorities started moving out all 51 residents Thursday afternoon.

The facility has the capacity to care for up to 95 residents, people who need help with the daily tasks of living because of physical impairments or mental health issues.

On November 28th, a 49-year old woman died after refusing to allow treatment for open sores on her legs.

This past Saturday night a 24-year-old man with cerebal palsy was found dead in his bed by a roommate.

Investigators found that the care given to both residents violated numerous mandates. A criminal investigation is now underway.

The owner of the home, David Mittal is out on bail after being arrested earlier for allegedly choking a patient with Parkinson's disease.

He is banned from the property along with two others he owns.

His son refused comment as he asked the police to remove us from the property.

The state says it's working with advocates and county officials to find new homes for the residents.

"We're moving the residents to other personal care homes and appropriate care facilities as we determine their care needs," Jones said.

Some families are upset by the short notice Thursday. But the state said it was an emergency and all 51 residents will be out by the end of Thursday.

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