Care facility official punished

Former Sylvan House administrator's license renewal rights revoked

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The board regulating assisted living facility administrators in Idaho completed an administrative prosecution of the former administrator of Sylvan House in Hayden.

The Board of Examiners of Residential Care Facility Administrators late last week revoked Candy Bedelia Ann Pentland's renewal rights for a new license. She also was fined $1,000, and ordered to pay investigative costs of $1,525.

Pentland served as the administrator of Sylvan House, located at 660 W. Honeysuckle Ave., from December 2009 to February 2010.

Following a complaint, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare conducted a survey of Sylvan House in January 2010. It determined Pentland failed to immediately report an allegation of abuse to Adult Protection Services and failed to implement an effective plan to protect residents from further abuse.

The Idaho Bureau of Occupational Licenses conducted a separate investigation of Pentland's conduct, revealing she didn't promptly report or adequately respond to an incident involving two residents.

On Dec. 28, 2009, a 79-year-old male resident of the facility had a 95-year-old female resident - who was suffering from macular degeneration and vascular dementia - sitting on his lap while he had a hand up her shirt "touching her upper area." The incident was witnessed by a caregiver at the facility.

After being informed of the incident, Pentland asked if the woman showed any signs or symptoms of distress, but the caregiver said she didn't.

Pentland then said caregivers did "not need to worry about (the incident)" if the woman wasn't distressed.

A caregiver asked whether the woman's family should be contacted, but Pentland said no. The family was later notified.

The state and Adult Protective Services were notified of the incident a few days afterward.

Administrators have to renew licenses each year. After the incident, Pentland quit and didn't renew her license.

Pentland waived her right to a hearing as part of this administrative prosecution, admitting to the allegations.

She could ultimately become an administrator again.

"She would now have to start applying as if she was a brand new applicant," said Eric F. Nelson, attorney for the board. "The board would have discretion if it wanted to grant her another license or not."

The case was closed Thursday.

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