Nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities are places that we are supposed to trust with the care of our loved ones. We expect them to be safe, clean, and pleasant environments for loved ones to either recover or live out the last of their days in peace and safety. However, that is not always the case.
The state of Ohio has recommended a Warren facility be closed. The Cedarcreek Healthcare and Rehabilitation facility has received this recommendation due to concerns over resident safety.
The state Department of Health has recommended that the facility’s remaining residents, which total fewer than 20, be moved to other facilities over the next 30 days. They have also recommended that the facility be removed from Medicare and Medicaid programs as of February 18th.
Assisting with the process of moving residents is the Area Agency on Aging, District 11. Over half of the patients have already left the facility.
The facility is owned by New Beginnings, who also operated more than a dozen nursing homes around the country. The company filed for bankruptcy back in January. The bankruptcy filing came amid several allegations of neglect and low safety and care standards. The company has been fined more than $100,000 and has seen four of it’s homes closed last year.
In Georgia, Tennessee, and Ohio, the Department of Medicaid is refusing to pay the company for several residents living in facilities owned by them in those states.
The company’s attorney made statements in court documents that the issues with concerns regarding their homes were minor.
A judge has yet to make a ruling on the order to close the facility.
If you or someone you know has been the victim of abuse or neglect while in the care of a nursing facility, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact the offices of Schenk Smith. Our attorneys will review your case. Contact us today.