Royal Living Care Center leads list in violations

By Gavin Off - Tulsa World Data Editor Published: February 21, 2010

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part series of stories investigating conditions in Oklahoma’s group homes for the mentally retarded, mentally ill and elderly. The investigation was conducted by reporters from the Tulsa World and The Oklahoman.

During a 2007 visit to a Prague residential care home, state inspectors reviewed a routine checklist of possible code violations.

They checked how Royal Living Care Center trained its staff, stored medications, provided meals and cleaned the home's living quarters.

The home, situated four miles south of Prague, can house 64 people who need psychiatric or medical care.

That day a male resident approached a state inspector.

“I need to talk to you in private,” the resident said. “I got raped.”

The man said his roommate had raped him twice. The resident then told a Royal Living staff member, who moved him into another room.

“I was asleep on my side,” he told inspectors. “He grabbed me. I said ‘get away,' but I couldn't get away. He took advantage of me.”

That was the home's second reported rape in four months.

In late 2006, a low-functioning female resident was raped by as many as three male residents. She told inspectors she was afraid of the men, one of whom “hurt me down there,” she said.

Calls to the home for comment were not returned.

Violations pile up

Since late 2006, the Royal Living Care Center has compiled 70 violations – more than any other facility of its kind in the state.

Health Department inspectors found 16 code violations at the home during a January 2008 visit. That's more than double the number of violations the state usually finds at residential care homes, according to a Tulsa World analysis.

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