Nursing home chain to pay $2M settlement

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A chain of nursing homes with facilities in Lancaster and Lebanon counties has agreed to pay $2 million to settle claims it failed to provide basic services to elderly residents.

Attorney General Bruce Beemer announced the settlement with Reliant Senior Care Holdings on Tuesday. The company has operated 22 nursing facilities throughout state since 2012, including locations in Palmyra, Lititz, and Stevens.

Authorities said Reliant limited the numbers of certified nurse aides, rendering its facilities incapable of delivering the basic care such as eating and drinking, incontinence care, transfer from a bed to a chair, repositioning in a bed, dressing, showering, range of motion exercises and daily hygiene.

The settlement requires Reliant to staff in a manner that fully accounts for resident needs.

About $1.25 million will go to the state Health Department to fund its revamped oversight of nursing homes.

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