Nursing Home License Revoked As Resident Abuse Continues

Authorities in one state ha made a move to close a nursing home because of abusive conditions. The Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) revoked the license of the nursing home ordered it to relocate its 107 residents by Aug. 26. This is only the second time in the past five years that authorities have shut down a nursing home in the state.

The agency says the center put its residents in jeopardy when it didn’t prevent them from hurting themselves and other residents. According to an AHCA review, budget constraints led the facility to cut staffing that was essential to the safety of the patients. Inspection reports dating back to at least 2008 document patients who became violent and out-of-control. In one case, a patient broke another resident’s hip; in another incident, a patient was had to be removed by the Sheriff’s Office when he could not be controlled. One resident at the facility told investigators she was “deathly scared” of another resident at the home.

Attorneys for the facility said they deny the allegations and will fight the decision by the AHCA. In the meantime, the facility will comply with the order to begin relocating residents.  Ombudsmen of the state, will meet with each resident individually to make sure they know what their rights are and that their belongings stay with them when they move.  Even under the best circumstances, switching nursing homes can be traumatic.

The AHCA has completed regular inspections of the facility. One recent report resulted in 257 deficiencies. But the final straw came during a February investigation, when it found that residents were hitting each other, falling repeatedly and attempting to escape, including one resident who attempted to climb the exterior fence. According to the investigation, the worker said residents frequently slap each other, hit or run over each other’s feet with their wheelchairs. The complaint to revoke the facility's license was filed in May. 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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