The owner of White Owl Manor personal care home entered a special probationary program this week after being charged with stealing money from a resident of the facility.
According to an article on the RepublicanHerald.com, the owner withdrew nearly $5,000 from the account of a former While Owl Manor resident without the resident's knowledge. The owner has made restitution to the former resident, and now hopes to have those charges dropped by successfully participating in the special probationary program.
In July 2011, the Mahanoy Township facility was closed by the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) because the health and safety of the facility's residents were at risk. It was discovered that the facility violated state regulations by failing to report the deaths of three residents. As a result, DPW issued an emergency relocation order which involved finding new homes for White Owl Manor's 32 residents.
When we hear of mistreatment of the elderly, we may have a tendency to think of physical abuse. But as in the case of White Owl Manor, mistreatment can also mean taking financial advantage of older citizens who may not have the clarity of thought to protect themselves. If you have a loved one in a health care facility who may suspect is being neglected or abused, contact the nursing home neglect attorneys at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates. We may be able to help you.