Wake Forest assisted living center will remain open
Posted January 12, 2012
Wake Forest, N.C. — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services decided Thursday to allow a Wake Forest assisted living facility to remain open, despite two incidents where residents wandered away and died. The state suspended new admissions to the Wake Forest Care Center, at 306 S. Allen St., on Dec. 29.
McKinley High, 79, a dementia patient, walked into traffic in November, was hit and later died. His was a second such case at the home, which has incurred numerous violations and more than $40,000 in fines since 2006.
Thursday's decision means the home will be allowed to admit new residents, but its license remains under provisional status, according to the DHHS.
In a letter to Wake Forest Care Center owner Richard Cresenzo, the DHHS outlined about 30 pages worth of problems found there, including reports of physical altercations between residents.
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.
In the most recent inspection, in July, the facility, which houses about 70 people, received three out of four possible stars.