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Raleigh Nursing Home Comes Under Fire

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Windsor House nursing home
RALEIGH — A troubled nursing home in Raleigh has a newname, different owners and a new inspection that turned up unsatisfactory conditions.

The facility in question is now called the Windsor House of Raleighand is located at 8200 Litchford Road. Last year, under differentownership,itwas known as Meadowbrook Terrace.

In 1996, the Health Care Finance Administration fined MeadowbrookTerrace $6,000 and suspended payments for new Medicaid and Medicarepatients. The reason given was substandard care.Now under the new ownership a new state inspection conducted last weekfound some of the old problems still in existence.

North Carolina Chief of Licensure, Steve White, says conditions weresubstandard in the home.

The state has given the facility until August 14 to achieve what it calls "substantial compliance" with recommendations for improvement. If that does not occur, state officials will recommend that federal money for Medicare and Medicaid be cut off completely, even for existing residents.

There are several things you can do if you need to find a nursing home for a loved one. First, contact your local ombudsman at the statedepartment on aging.

There are several important issues you should ask about, including survey results on the facility and complaints against the facility within the past year. You should also ask if there is anything else you need toknow regarding your circumstances.

You can reach the deparment of aging at 733- 3983.

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