Troubled Nursing Home Site of Drug Abuse, Bloody Fights

A nursing home is in jeopardy of losing Medicaid funding. The center provides homes to mentally ill adults, a number of them with felony records. State and federal inspections led to documentation of violence and drug abuse, including knife fights and crack cocaine, resulting in fines totaling $400,000 since last December. Medicaid funding is set to terminate within the week, however, residents will still have 30 days to find a new home.

Nearby community members and college students within a block have been in danger for some time, according to the report. Residents were not receiving medication as prescribed, with some medications withheld from residents, while other residents were "often found in the facility intoxicated or under the influence of drugs", according to the report. Other reports mentioned a resident prostituting herself and buying crack cocaine with her earnings. In addition, knives that were removed upon the threat of one resident to another, have reappeared on the resident's nightstand, causing continued danger in the home. 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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