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Raleigh Nursing Home Loses Some of Its Residents

Posted August 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— A Raleigh nursing home will lose some of its residents after state and federal authorities pull Medicare and Medicaid benefits later this month.

State inspectors say that The Windsor House essentially neglected some residents, failing to give them the right medications, and in some cases, failing to keep them clean.

New managers came in about a month ago, and they say these latest accusations are unfounded and unfair.

The N.C. Department of Human Resources says that the past three inspections in February, April, and July turned up poor results -- results so poor, in fact, that the federal government is ending Medicare and Medicaid payments to the home in September.

Windsor House administrator Sally Skaggs says Centennial Health Care, which took over the home in July has cleaned it up, and terminated bad employees.

Still, the state says its inspections show that conditions are not getting better at the nursing home. Next week, officials will begin contacting the families of residents who depend on federal benefits so they can help them find a new place in which to live.

The Windsor House has 60 days to appeal to a federal judge, but WRAL-TV5 News was told that even an appeal would not stop the removal of some residents.