Nursing Home Facility Shut down for Uninhabitable Conditions

Residents of one nursing home waited with their bags packed in the lobby Monday night waiting to be relocated after county officials shut the facility down for unsanitary and unsafe conditions. The county's public works director ordered the evacuation because the center did not have running water, which led to overflowing toilets and human waste on the floor. They also had an inoperable sprinkler system which the county cited as a fire risk.

The 40 to 50 patients living at the center will be transferred to nearby facilities, said a spokesman for the state health department. Fire officials were notified that there was a problem with the facilities water. Upon inspection they found that the well providing water to the facility had frozen. On Monday, health and public works officials determined that the facility was uninhabitable.

The facility has had a history of problems with state regulators, ranging from failure to appropriately respond to patients medical needs, to inappropriate sexual contact by an employee. For more, read the story.

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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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