The facility has been cited five with Type A citations, the most serious available, for violations of state regulations since July 2010. The facility’s license is set to be revoked on December 9, 2010.
According to the Manager of Health Solutions Assisted Living, Derek Cimala, “We had already investigated and made plans to close the facility sometime in the next several months anyway. The facility was very, very old. It was getting very, very difficult to maintain the facility. The state’s action accelerated the inevitable decision.” Health Solutions is the owner of the Hilltop.
July 2010 – A ward of the state was missing for over one day before being located 66 miles away, intoxicated. Local police weren’t notified of the missing resident for four to five hours. The facility failed to investigate the elopement. Additionally, the facility failed to have an adequate supply of food on hand for its residents. According to regulations, an adequate supply of food is a three-day supply.
August 2010 – A ward of the state was allowed to wander outside in 100 degree heat. Another state ward was not properly monitored.
September 2010 – The facility was cited for hiring a person listed in the Kentucky Nurse Aide Abuse Registry. The facility hired said employee in 2008 and said employee resigned in January 2010 after reportedly being accused of physically assaulting a resident. The employee was then rehired, desipte being in the Kentucky Nurse Aide Abuse Registry, and was providing direct care to facility residents. Said employee was promoted to assistant administrator on August 23.
September 22, 2010 – Facility cited for not monitoring a resident who drank shampoo and had to be rushed to a local hospital The resident had a history of ingesting inappropriate, sometimes dangerous, chemicals.
October 2010 – Facility cited after resident was not provided with psychiatric medication for three days and attempted suicide.
Hilltop’s 27 residents are currently being assisted with placement by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.