Nursing Home Closed By State Officials After Failing to Provide Meals and Pay Bills

State officials have shut down an assisted living facility after it failed to adequately feed residents and was chronically late paying its bills. The facility, home to 23 residents, has relocated all residents, the home's former administrator said.

The facilities staff members where the ones who complained often to the State Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA), and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman's office. Recent problems found by state investigators include chronic late payments for electricity, natural gas, trash collection and cable. The monthly food budget was only $22.75 (about $0.75 a day) for each resident, according to an Oct. 10 site survey. Staff said they often purchased food for the residents out of their own pockets just so the residents could eat. 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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