Only Nursing Home in Nelson County Plans Move to Charlottesville

The following has been adapted from WSET/ABC 13:

Rural areas are losing opportunities to cities, according to a member of the Nelson County Board of Supervisors. For 25 years, the Lovingston Health and Rehabilitation Center has been in Nelson County.  Now the nursing home is moving to Albemarle County which presents significant issues for the patients and their families.

The daughter of one resident says she works near the nursing home in Lovingston and the location is perfect for her to just pop in and say hi to mom. "I think the visits for her need to be more frequent. She needs to see a familiar face," said the woman.

With the move to Albemarle County, frequent visits will become much more difficult. The nursing home however, defends its decision claiming it must keep up with the times: There is a strong shift among nursing homes nationwide to adopt a new model for nursing care facilities.

That "new model," according to county officials and the board of supervisors, means relocating away from rural areas and closer to big hospitals near Charlottesville, where there's more money to be made. The projected move is not expected to occur for three to four more years. 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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