Local News

State shuts down Wake Forest assisted living facility

Posted January 5, 2012
Updated January 6, 2012

Map Marker  Find News Near Me

Map

— The state Department of Health and Human Services concluded its investigation into a series of violations at a Wake Forest assisted living facility by ordering the owner to shut it down.

The Wake Forest Care Center, 306 S. Allen St., has been fined more than $40,000 for violations since 2006. Last month, a 79-year-old man who wandered away from the facility was hit by a car.

He died hours later.

Owner Richard Cresenzo was notified of the state's decision to revoke his adult care license Thursday. He has until Monday, or whenever the last resident can be safely placed into another facility, to shut the center's doors.

Cresenzo, a Burlington attorney, did not return calls for comment.

Chris Putna, whose father is a resident at Wake Forest Care Center, said he hasn't had any problems with the facility and that the news of its closing came as a surprise.

"I walked into the middle of the announcement this afternoon bringing him furniture for his room," Putna said. "I had no idea."

Neighbors, however, said they've had questions about the level of supervision at the home.

"We had a gentleman knock on our door (and) try to get in our house," said Tara Joslyn. "We've had people come to the end of our driveway, then fall on our driveway and roll down our driveway."

Wake Forest Care Center closing State shuts door on troubled rest home

Joslyn said residents from the home have wandered into her yard as well. She said she hopes the facility's closing will allow residents to go somewhere with better care.

Neighbor George Helton agreed.

"There's people just wandering through the streets, through the neighborhood," said George Helton. "It's not a very safe facility."

Putna, meanwhile, is scrambling to make new living arrangements for his father.

"We're trying to find a place for him. The staff here has indicated that they will place everyone, but it could be in their sister facilities to guarantee a return here, but those facilities are all over the state," Putna said. "One's in Virginia."

28 Comments

This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • fayncmike Jan 6, 2012

    Let me give y'all some free advice. I usually charge a lot for free advice but I'll make an exception here. If you have a loved one in a nursing home visit, visit often. But most importantly do not keep to a schedule. Visit on different days at odd hours. Do not take any excuses for not being allowed to see them. If you keep to a schedule a shoddy facility will know to have the person cleaned up and presentable for the visit. You will never learn what conditions really are.

  • Six String Jan 6, 2012

    I want to add one other point. Many of you are probably talking about Medicare facilities vs. private funded assisted living/long term care. Medicare facilities that I have seen (several) are uniformly depressing and the care seems to be minimal. Thosse of you who are young enough and in good health should consider looking at a long term care insurance plan. If you don't and aren't wealthy, you may end of in a Medicare facility yourself one day. If you think you're upset now, try it when you can't do anything about it.

  • Six String Jan 6, 2012

    I have experience with both my parents (2) and with my wife's parents (2). In her case, both were cared for extremely well, kindly treated, not overmedicated, and when they died, we had to console many of the staff who were in tears over their passing. On the other hand, with my parents, we had to move them to another place after discovering less than good sanitation, treatment, shouting, and over-medication to keep them quiet among other things. It does greatly depend on who manages the facility and the quality of people that are hired. Many are good, many are not. It is quite unfair to say all care facilities are all terrible based on one experience -- which is all that most people have. My in-laws loved where they lived and said so...and we had numerous "surprise" visits by lots of different family.

  • juchushu Jan 6, 2012

    My grandmother had to go into a rehabilitation home in 2010, and it was the most horrible experience she ever had. They treated her so horribly, and I even walked into the room one day with one of the CNA's screaming at her. We pulled her out immediately and filed a complaint. The way people get treated in these homes is ridiculous. I wouldn't put my worst enemy in there. They charge insanely inflated prices, and treat them horrible. My grandmother had nightmares about that place up until the day she passed away (a few months after we pulled her from the home), and she had them weekly. My great grandmother was in a home, and they over-medicated her until she passed away. I have never heard of a good story to come from any of these places. They are horrible.

  • bande118 Jan 6, 2012

    Plus I am only talking about assisted living. This is a differet type of care center than a nursing home of ICFMR facility. The money nursing and rehab centers receives is rediculous. Plus if they don't spend the money they receive they receive less next year. This promotes more spending to protect their $. I agree that there is alot of mismanagement in caring for our states most dependant. But the anger is focused in the wrong direction. Look at the #'s they are public.

  • bande118 Jan 6, 2012

    No wildcat I don't need to "try again". Lets talk about what I bill for. PCS (presonal care services). Resident # 1 pays room & board of $1182 seprate. This is to go for regular housing. Water, power, food, hygene supplies etc. PCS money is to compensate the facility for actual care of the resident. Hands on care. Basic care $17.96/day (we bill for all residents with medicaid). Eating assistance $10.12/day. Toileting $3.62/day. Ambulation assistance $2.58/day. The last 3 are billed as needes and confirmed needed by county DSS. So if a resident is a total care(needing all services)the facility gets $39.40/day rm & brd and $34.28/day PCS for a grand total of $73.68/day. To care for a HUMAN BEING. Most only get the $17.96 so that total is $57.36/day I have called a cpl local places that charges more to board a large dog. So no wildcat you can "TRY AGAIN". I am offering and have been begging for people to come by to see for yourself. Those are the #'s of us bloodsuckers.

  • pbjbeach Jan 6, 2012

    It looks to me like what this state is in need of is more deregulation of business that these repbulcians in the legisture haveing been pushing for an now it appears that they are finnaly getting their way at the expense of the states citizens an the states taxpayers. to the point of endangering senior citizen in assisted living faculitys. an as to the question of ethic an attorneys in this state there appears to me that they have never actually learned the true meaning of the word ethics anthey could care less about this one little word . but it does have a big meaning in my personal opinion an most attorneys across this sate care not for the meaing of the word ethics for alot of them in my opinion have no ethics what so ever. thank you

  • wildcat Jan 6, 2012

    they even rush the residents to eat. many don't get to finish at all. been there and seen it all. what do they say about the workers and owners?

  • wildcat Jan 6, 2012

    bande118

    I see you don't have nothing to say now that people realize on this board the greed that is in you and your business. Drop the prices and hire more CNA's to do do the job. You won't but they will and not minimum wage salary either. You can do better than that and with benefits. Thanks for looking to make it all better for our seniors.

  • wildcat Jan 6, 2012

    and it is AMAZING at what is charged to keep these people there....dollibug

    HONEY, YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN THE PRICES AND ITS HIGHWAY ROBBERY. THEY ARE REALLY OVER CHARGING WITH THE LEAST CARE THESE RESIDENTS ARE GETTING. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS THE MONEY MONEY AND MORE MONEY. THEY ARE STEALING FROM THESE POOR SENIORS AND NO ONE IS STEPPING UP AND PUTTING A STOP TO IT. ITS A RIP OFF. I HOPE I NEVER HAVE TO GO TO ONE.

More...