Why Are These Nursing Homes Being Closed?

New Beginnings Care, a Tennessee-based nursing home company with multiple facilities in different states, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this year when its facilities started closing one by one. The facilities are closing because states are refusing to pay Medicare and Medicaid payments due to the company’s “ongoing failure to address continuing deficiencies within the facilities.”

Most recently, a facility in Georgia closed down after inspectors reported the “squalid conditions.” According to the reports, regulators discovered five out of the nine lavatories were broken for at least two weeks before discovered. The broken toilets were located in a locked unit that contained 29 patients who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. One resident locked in that unit screamed and pleaded with the inspector to let them out because it smelled so terrible.

Many rooms in the unit housing Alzheimer’s and dementia patients were overflowing with sewage. The inspection report also showed that staff members tracked the sewage into the hallways, essentially contaminating the rest of the home and increasing the risk of infections.

This Georgia facility is not the first New Beginnings Care facility to be shut down. The first New Beginnings nursing home that closed was in Limestone, Tennessee, where 40 out of 43 Medicaid and Medicare residents were transferred to a different facility owned by a different care company. Tennessee stopped sending payments because of (again) multiple deficiencies. None of the Limestone residents received timely care for their incontinence, many suffered pressure ulcers (which are very much avoidable) and many residents did not receive the medications prescribed by their doctors.

Nursing Homes Have a Great Responsibility to Treat Their Residents With Respect

While this company’s residents were living in squalor, the co-founders were paid six-figure salaries and traveled in Porsches financed by the company. The co-founders failed to pay utility bills, creditors and ultimately their employees, leading to a decrease in the quality of care provided.

We trust nursing home care provider with our loved ones, and as such, these companies are obligated to treat them with respect and compassion.

Stanley A. Davis is a personal injury attorney who fights for victims of nursing home abuse or neglect in Nashville.

““You shall stand up before the gray head and honor the face of an old man, and you shall fear your God: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 19:32