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Judge to decide if Wake Forest assisted living center will close

Posted January 6, 2012

— An administrative law judge will decide whether to close a Wake County assisted living facility, where a resident wandered away last month and was fatally hit by a car.

The Wake Forest Care Center, at 306 S. Allen St., was notified Thursday that the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services was revoking the center's adult-care license after numerous violations and more than $40,000 in fines since 2006.

The center, which houses about 70 people, is also where 79-year-old McKinley High, a dementia patient, lived until he wandered into traffic last month and was hit by a car. He later died.

Following a six-day investigation, the state suspended admissions. On Wednesday, it initiated another complaint investigation and soon followed with the order to close the facility by 5 p.m. Monday. The state will not comment on the latest complaint.

A Superior Court judge on Friday, however, issued a 10-day stay on closing the facility, but the order was later dissolved and assigned to an administrative law judge who will decide what happens to the center.

Richard Cresenzo, the center's owner, told WRAL News Friday that he's shocked by the state's move. He said he runs other facilities and has had no problems with them.

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He says some of the issues at Wake Forest Care Center were the result of bad management and that he is working to correct them.

Family members of some of the residents, however, said they had been considering moving their relatives even before the state took action.

One woman, whose mother is a resident, called conditions inside nasty and dirty.

According to state records, the facility received three out of four possible stars during a state inspection in July.

Records beginning in 2009 show the center never received more than one star during five previous inspections, including three ratings of no stars.

The state suspended admissions to the center in February 2009, and it could not accept new patients for six months.

Cresenzo also owns Highgrove Long Term Care Center in Rockingham County. It received a three-stars rating on its last review but was recently fined $12,000 for failure to provide care and services.

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  • dollibug Jan 6, 7:55 p.m.

    ++++++The state is also a joke when you report things and ask them to investigiate in fact they make it worst because they of course do nothing and then the facility does even worst.

    Interesting comment and so very true with a lot of government agencies......I think most of the people who work there are only there to collect a paycheck....as nothing else really matters.....and this, my friend....is exactly WHAT IS WRONG WITH OUR COUNTRY....as the people in Washington do the same thing....the rich get richer...as the poor get poorer....enough said....

  • carolinaprincess62 Jan 6, 7:19 p.m.

    The Star system has nothing to do with the amount of "nurses" working a facility. Assisted living facilities don't even have to have nurses working in the facility. There's a lot of this going on. There are more and more mental health patients in these facilities because our wonderful government when Carmen Hooker Odom was involved decided the Mental Health Reform was needed and closed so many psych beds, there are no places for these people to go and they end up in rest homes. And it takes a lot to close a facility. All of the residents have to be placed elsewhere. Are any of you willing to open your homes to these people? Some of these folks are in the best place they've ever been.

  • judithfergerson Jan 6, 6:48 p.m.

    Years ago my mother was at this facility - while she was there I never saw nothing but the best of care for her. I commend those people that work there for all they do for such little pay. They all have got to have caring hearts to put up with what they do for the some of the demands from the people that stay there. God help them find jobs so they can continue to serve other.

  • micsmiles1 Jan 6, 6:41 p.m.

    Please stop referring to this facility on the news as a nursing home. It is an assisted living center which is not the same thing.

  • carolynmoore1134 Jan 6, 6:40 p.m.

    The state should close the Wake Forest Care Center in Wake Forest. I had someone there for a short time. When it rain the water would run in to the closet and then into the room. There was mold in the closet. The rugs where old and dirty. I talk to the management there many times and nothing was done. I was there just about every day so I
    know what happen there. I pray for everyone there.

  • fayncmike Jan 6, 5:47 p.m.

    "PEOPLE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, YOU CAN NEVER BE TO USY TO CARE FOR THEM!!!!!YOU HAVE AFEW DOLLARS...OLE WELL...SQUAT!!!!STAND UP FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE...THEY LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF YOU...BACK THEN A DOLLOR MENT NOTHING!!!!STOP AND THINK...WHAT WOULD THEY DO??????
    she101"

    Why are you shouting? Additionally I don't think a third grader should be posting here. Your Mommy or Daddy should be doing that.

  • SmokeWagon Jan 6, 5:44 p.m.

    ..."Cresenzo is a lawyer, probably friends with the judge!
    Elem-Teach..."

    Ahhhh HAAAAAA....!!!! That explains WHY the judge (who NEVER went on site before his ruling) ruled for the good ol' boy..!!!!

  • she101 Jan 6, 5:33 p.m.

    PEOPLE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES, YOU CAN NEVER BE TO USY TO CARE FOR THEM!!!!!YOU HAVE AFEW DOLLARS...OLE WELL...SQUAT!!!!STAND UP FOR THE ONES YOU LOVE...THEY LOVED YOU ENOUGH TO TAKE CARE OF YOU...BACK THEN A DOLLOR MENT NOTHING!!!!STOP AND THINK...WHAT WOULD THEY DO??????

  • she101 Jan 6, 5:26 p.m.

    I am 53, my mother passed about 5yrs ago..we are not a close nit family, but we pulled together and stayed at hospital, round the clock. thank the good lord, we regestered every med they give and when, we were on top of them. I hope that if one day, I need care, I hope family will keep me out of those places. they are cruel, hatefull, you can use your imagination. beleive me...you.. I got one of top nurses, she wasnt allowed back in my mothers room. now a days people only see dollar signs. Just hope and pray that your loved one dont have to be in one of the god forsaken places...people step up and tend to your loved ones. I have a friend that goes to homes, people dont want to be bothered with the elderly, it is very sad..when the older generation and my generation is gone...what in the world is going to happen..WISEN UP PEOPLE!!!!!!!

  • Elem-Teach Jan 6, 5:16 p.m.

    Cresenzo is a lawyer, probably friends with the judge!

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