Monday, February 4 2013 6:57 PM EST2013-02-04 23:57:16 GMT
Dozens of seniors have been displaced after a Georgetown nursing home is forced to close its doors. The MeadowWood Care Center owners say they are forced to shut down because of two violations at the facility,More >>
The MeadowWood Care Center owners say they are forced to shut down because of two violations at the facility, a leak in the roof and bad carpeting. As a result, 60 residents were displaced and over 80 employees will lose their jobs. More >>
GEORGETOWN, OH (FOX19) -
Meadowwood Care Center owner Jack Crout claims the state is
unnecessarily putting residents of his nursing home in danger by forcing him to
shut down. The Ohio Department of Health, meanwhile, argues Crout has had six
months to correct violations, but is still not in compliance, so the agency is
blocking his Medicare and Medicaid funding.
FOX19 obtained inspection records for Meadowwood showing
major violations last summer: A resident with a mental disability was gone from
the nursing home for two hours after slipping out a door that had been left
unlocked; a state investigator found evidence that mice had eaten food in the
nursing home's kitchen, along with mouse droppings, and two live mice stuck to
a glue mousetrap.
Crout says those issues have been resolved.
The state says the facility has a mold problem, which Crout
denies. He does concede his nursing home still has water damage and frayed,
stained carpeting. However, he argues that should not rise to the level of
blocking his funding. He also accuses the state watchdogs of putting residents
in danger by saying that statistically 18% of the residents who leave will die
because of the disruption. It's a statistic he says he got from his attorney.
FOX19 could not confirm that statistic in our research. However, we did find a
study that suggests the death rate for nursing home patients with severe
after an evacuation.
Factually speaking, the state is not forcing the residents
to leave nor is it forcing Crout to close down Meadowwood. But it is blocking
his Medicare and Medicaid funding, which Crout says will have the same effect.
He says only about five residents self-pay. That means all of the others are
dependent on Medicare and Medicaid to pay their bills. So Crout argues blocking
that funding has the effect of shutting down the facility.
A health department spokeswoman says the funding will
continue for 30 more days and that the state is working with residents and
their families to find other acceptable places to go.
In fact, when FOX19 visited on Monday, a state long-term
care ombudsman was there offering families assistance.
"Some people, we've already heard, will be returning to the
community to live with family," said ombudsman Beverly Laubert with the Ohio
Department of Aging. "Some people are choosing other nursing homes. Someone
might be going to a group home. So lots of options (are) available for people
and we just want to help them."
Crout still hopes to find a way for residents to be able to
stay. He's negotiating with two people who are part of a partnership. They've
expressed interest in buying or leasing the nursing home. He's hoping to come
to an understanding with them quickly because he expects the first residents
may start leaving Friday.
Meanwhile, health department spokeswoman Tessie Pollock says
she understands why many residents are sad to leave since many have gotten, in
her words, "great care." But she also notes that a January inspection, which
the department calls an annual survey, had to be aborted because the
"administration of Meadowwood was being uncooperative and impeding the survey."
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:03 PM EDT2013-05-24 01:03:57 GMT
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defenseMore >>
President Obama addressed the nation with the counter-terrorism policy which includes the controversial plan to shut down Guantanamo Bay. FOX54 has the exclusive interview with a former military defense attorney who represented one of the GTMO prisoners. More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:38 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:38:55 GMT
For 12 years Denise Glasford's sister fought in the Army, but died last year on Memorial Day. "Thinking about her and wishing she was still here with us," Glasford said. "It's been a tough year for the family." GlasfordMore >>
Glasford and her niece and nephew are three of dozens of family members paying tribute to soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. Here at Fort Gordon's Warrior Remembrance Memorial Day Ceremony, they're honoring those killed, and remembering those they left behind. Soldiers say the national holiday is much more than a day off from work to barbeque and celebrate.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 3:16 PM EDT2013-05-23 19:16:52 GMT
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Friends and neighbors now say the Jones Family, Edna, Roosevelt, and Russell, are the victims of a suspected triple homicide in South Augusta.The Richmond County Sheriff's Office has been investigatingMore >>
The Richmond County Sheriff Office has charged Ryan David Jones with 3 counts of Murder and Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Crime.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 8:10 AM EDT2013-05-23 12:10:07 GMT
The images we're seeing in Oklahoma having a heavy impact on viewers around the country and here in the CSRA. Lindsay Findley says she was heartbroken when she found out about it. "It's just so sad toMore >>
Thirty disaster relief volunteers and vehicles have been sent to Oklahoma; three of them from the Palmetto region. And at any moment, volunteers with the Aiken chapter could be deployed.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:34 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:34:56 GMT
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it. The parking limit downtown has beenMore >>
Susan Swanson owns the Augusta Care Pregnancy Center on Broad Street. There is a two hour limited parking sign in front of her company but she says no one enforces it.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:40 GMT
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night. The vigil for Roosevelt Jones, Edna Jones and their son Russell JonesMore >>
A vigil for the family members killed in a suspected triple homicide was held at the Augusta Deliverance Evangelical Church Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:42 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:42:44 GMT
It's been two days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans. Even though it's the last weekMore >>
It's been two days since a tornado ripped through Moore, Ok nearly destroying the town along with two schools; now one local school is re-evaluating their safety plans. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:39 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:39:09 GMT
Mobility, the company that runs Augusta's Public Transit, is now suing the city after the Richmond County Commission voted to terminate their five year contract. Mobility's attorney Robert Mullins toldMore >>
Mobility, the company that runs Augusta's Public Transit, is now suing the city after the Richmond County Commission voted to terminate their five year contract.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:53:51 GMT
Family, friends and fellow officers said goodbye to Deputy Alton Creech Tuesday morning. A funeral was held at First Baptist Church on Walton Way. Deputy Creech crashed his motorcycle on I-20, lastMore >>
Hundreds attend the funeral of Deputy Allen Creech.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:51 PM EDT2013-05-22 02:51:46 GMT
Carole Timmerman lives on Ferree Place in Graniteville and after a severe storm rolled through Aiken County Tuesday, she had to watch where she stepped. "It's horrible, it's so dangerous," said TimmermanMore >>
Aiken County Emergency Management officials say there were wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour. The strong winds uprooted trees, caused power lines to fall and tore into homes. More >>