The upcoming closure of a nursing home in New Hanover County highlights the need to remain vigilant when judging the quality of a care a loved one is receiving in a for-profit nursing home, but particularly when a home is closing or otherwise undergoing administrative challenges.
Britthaven Inc. operates numerous nursing homes in North Carolina. It has notified the state that 59 employees will be laid off as it closes one of its homes in New Hanover County. The company’s Chapel Hill facility has been accused of multiple counts of North Carolina nursing home abuse in connection with an Alzheimer’s patient and numerous patients who were allegedly excessively medicated, according to media reports.
More than two-thirds of the nation’s nursing homes are for-profit companies and half are operated by large chain corporations. For these facilities, senior citizens are a commodity.
Bowden Nursing Home Inc., which owns the Summer Rest Road facility, has filed an $8.7 million plan with the state to move the facility’s beds to a facility on Carolina Beach Road. Officials are still reviewing that proposal, Star News reported.
Meanwhile, Britthaven of Wrightsville is in the process of decertifying for Medicare and Medicaid, a process which should be complete by Dec. 1. The company is also arranging for the “safe of orderly discharge of its residents” to other facilities, according to a company spokesperson.
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