Health Department Removes 16 Residents from Unlicensed Three Bedroom Care Home

Investigators with the State Department of Health and the attorney general's office spent several hours at  an unlicensed personal care home where 16 people allegedly were locked in and not allowed to have visitors. The Health Department received a recent complaint of residents being locked in the three-bedroom home and not being allowed to keep outside company.

The owner of the home, said the home was being rented but said he could not release information about the tenants. He said he did not know it was being used as a personal care home. According to the health department, 15 of the 16 residents were placed in licensed facilities and one resident left before he could be assisted.

The Investigator from the Health Department said they frequently get complaints of large numbers of people residing in small homes. If four or more unrelated persons are being cared for in a home, the home must be licensed by the Health Department. However, unlike nursing homes, personal care home residents do not generally require skilled nursing care. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter,  Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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