State Closes Nursing Home to New Residents Over Violations

Photo of Ill nursing home resident in bedThe Dyersburg State Gazette reported last month that Tennessee Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner suspended the admission of new residents to the Oakwood Community Living Center after it was deemed to have several violations.

A release sent out by the agency said that the 50-bed nursing home, located at 1636 Woodlawn Avenue, would not be able to take in new residents after poor conditions were discovered during an investigation.

Investigators reportedly found violations at the facility in four areas: administration, performance, improvement and nursing services. The Commission has the right to suspend admissions to a nursing home whenever conditions are determined to be detrimental to the health, safety or welfare of the residents.

The nursing home will have an opportunity to have a hearing before the Board for Licensing Health Care Facilities or an administrative judge to appeal the decision. The facility was also fined $1,500.

What Should I Do If My Loved One is Suffering Because of Nursing Home Negligence?

One of the most common types of nursing home abuse and neglect we see, which often results in civil fines, is insufficient staffing. Statistics backup this point: over 90 percent of nursing homes do not have enough staff members to provide adequate care for residents, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

When a nursing home is insufficiently staffed, residents can face issues, including a lack of hygienic care, bedsores, slip and falls and mistakes in diets. It should be noted that higher staffing numbers, including having more registered nurses on staff, could improve the quality of care at a nursing home.

Do not allow your family member to suffer at the hands of an improperly staffed or poorly maintained nursing home. We can help obtain damages to compensate for their struggles. Call (615) 690-2080 to schedule a free case review.

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