Nursing home closures due to conditions in the facility have a wide impact. Not only does it impact the residents who must be relocated, it also affects the community where the nursing home is located. Closures affect the local economy when nursing home staff members lose their jobs. It also affects the families of the residents who must then move the resident to a new location.
A fourth Georgia nursing home operated by Tennessee-based New Beginnings Care has had it’s Medicare and Medicaid payment stopped.
Three of the locations whose payments were previously stopped have been closed. State officials had to relocate some 200 patients. The fourth location, located in Abbeville, which is south of Macon, will have federal funding cut later this month.
There are currently 88 patients located at Abbeville Healthcare and Rehab. All must be relocated by April 1st. Officials state that the closings stem from repeated failure not to address or correct deficiencies within the facilities.
New Beginnings care continues to operate five other facilities in Georgia.
The company, which is based in Hixson, Tennessee, filed for Chapter-11 Bankruptcy protection in January. While failing to meet payroll, tax obligations, and other debts, the Associated Press reported that the owners paid themselves six-figure salaries and drove corporate-financed Porsches.
At one of the locations in Jeffersonville, Georgia, inspectors reported what they called “squalid conditions.” Five out of nine toilets in the locked unit for patients with Alzheimers and dementia were malfunctioning. One patient’s room had been flooded and staff members reportedly tracked sewage out of the room into other areas of the home.
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