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Raleigh Nursing Home Fined, Warned

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RALEIGH — A North Raleigh Nursing home with a troubledpast has been hit with more than $16,000 in fines and ordered to clean upor lose public funds. Last week state inspectors found substandard care atWindsor House of Raleigh. Now, the results of the state's investigationare in.

Tommy Anderson has lived at Windsor House for six months. He getsphysical therapy for his legs after being wounded in a drive-by shooting in Washington, DC. He says the nursing home doesn't have enough staff toserve its residents.

The state document is 87 pages long. In it, inspectors wrote that someresidents had "long, dirty and fungal infected fingernails" which were notcleaned for days at a time. Other patients reportedly had pressuresores, otherwise knows as bed sores, from not being turned regularly. Onone day inspectors reported that nine residents had not received their 8a.m. or 9 a.m. medications.

Chief of Licensure Steve White says there was one situation where apatient's blood pressure medication was not given appropriately, and thepatient's blood pressure shot up.

This isn't the first time this nursing home has been warned aboutits deficiencies. The state fined the previous owners last year and theyear before when it used the name Meadowbrook Terrace. Atlanta-basedCentennial Health Care took over the management of Windsor House on Junefirst.

Carolyn Freeman, a Regional Manager with Centennial Healthcare says theseproblems aren't new to the facility, and measures are being taken tocorrect them.

The public pays three-fourths of the cost of nursing homes in NorthCarolina through Medicaid and Medicare. If the home does not fix itsdeficiencies before August 13th, the state will cut off those funds.

The state's chief of licensure, says 2 percent to 3 percent of nursinghomes are cited for deficiencies each year. That's eight to 12 homesstatewide.

andKerrie Hudzinski

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