An assisted-living care provider in Hill City, Minn., had its license revoked in an order detailing a long and disturbing list of maltreatment findings.
The order to Chappy's Golden Shores, 540 Park Ave. and 604 Summit Ave., was delivered to the facility Wednesday, according to Scott Smith, a spokesman for the Minnesota Department of Health.
A call to Chappy's by the News Tribune went unanswered, and a message stated that the facility's voice mailbox was full.
The action follows a temporary license suspension the health department ordered Dec. 9. The six-page order issued Wednesday noted that three vulnerable adults were living at the Chappy's location on Jan. 25 and that five Chappy's employees continued to be paid in December and January, in spite of the license suspension.
It detailed 10 maltreatment findings regarding 10 different clients stemming from an investigation initiated in November. Among them:
• A staff member struck a client "and treated him in a manner that was demeaning."
• A staff member struck a client and prevented the client from promptly calling 911.
• A staff member told a client he wouldn't be allowed to take his cat with him if he left the facility; another staff member pushed the client, grabbed the client's wrist and called the client a derogatory name; a third staff member hit the client with a frying pan and threatened to kill his cat.
• A staff member promised a client gifts in exchange for work, misused the client's personal funds and "treated the client in a manner which was disparaging and derogatory."
• Two staff members had sex with a client.
• A staff member struck a client in the head while another staff member held the client down.
• A staff member "screamed in a threatening manner in the client's face," and forced the client to turn and face the staff member by forcefully turning the client's shoulders.
The health department first issued a home care license to Chappy's in 2000, and the license was renewed most recently on June 29. The license holder is identified as Theresa L. Olson of Hill City, which is in Aitkin County, about 80 miles west of Duluth.
About 30 residents were relocated, Smith said.
Olson has the right to appeal the health department's decision. But the order states that any clients still housed at Chappy's must be transferred to other providers immediately, and that Chappy's is prohibited from providing services unless and until it successfully appeals the revocation.