Overland Park assisted care facility investigates abuse allegations

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - An Overland Park man has removed his mother from an assisted living facility after finding unexplained bruises.

Stephan Gordon checked his 81-year-old mother, Zoulouise Adkins, into Overland Park's ManorCare assisted living facility in January of 2012. She's in the final stage of Alzheimer's.

"She don't even know who I am," Gordon said. "When I go to visit her she'll say stuff like, 'I know you, what's your name.'"

Adkins can't tell her son what caused the bruising and scratches on her arm, shoulder and back. Gordon and his sister noticed the unexplained bruising Sunday and took her to the Shawnee Mission Medical Center on Tuesday.

"Some of the bruises on her back, they were like going away and new bruises was on top of them," Gordon said. "So this happened over and over again."

ManorCare administrators refused our request for an interview, but released a statement that read in part:

"This weekend, ManorCare received a concern regarding one of their patients. The center began an investigation and is working with the proper authorities."

41 Action News has learned that ManorCare's 223-bed facility scored a "below average" overall rating with the Department of Health and Human Services.

In November of last year, the facility's standard health inspection revealed 25 deficiencies, which is more than double the state's average and four times the national average. The majority of their deficiencies were in the quality of their care.

Gordon moved his mother into a new facility Thursday morning.

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