Nursing Home Corrects Care and Safety Deficeincies Just in time to Avoid Closure

The State Department of Heath has allowed a nursing home to remain open after correcting a series of code violations. The violations were discovered during investigations in April, July and August and involved resident rights, quality of life issues and problems with the physical environment.

The nursing home was ordered to rectify the violations by October or they would lose their Medicaid backing. In July, a state inspector witnessed safety concerns including a pool of standing water in the boiler room and in the laundry room corridor. An extension cord was plugged into an outlet in the boiler room and draped across the floor - through the standing water - to a plugged-in running electrical fan, according to a state report. Also during the July inspection, the inspector saw more than 10 pounds of chicken and ground beef, along with other food items, that were not dated - another violation of state law.

In August the nursing home was cited for failing to supervise one resident who was a registered sex offender with a history of sexual aggression. The resident left the facility without permission, was hit by a car and admitted to the hospital for a knee fracture in February.  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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