Nursing Home Closes Doors After Losing Funding

The nursing home where one man died and six were injured in a fire earlier this month closed its doors last Friday. The facility’s 33 residents were transferred to other area nursing homes.

Fire officials determined that the fire was the result of the explosion of an illegal  meth lab operation evidently conducted by the fire victim, a non-resident. An investigation of the environment after the fire revealed no short-term or long-term public health hazard to residents or staff was found.

Inspectors did uncover several other deficiencies, including failure to provide: smoke barriers, written plans for emergencies, call buttons to nurses’ stations, curtains for privacy, proper beds for all residents and at least one window in every bedroom. The facility was also facing the loss of it's federal funding after the incident. 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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