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Lockdown: New Admissions Suspended At Tennessee Nursing Home

Tennessee Department of Heath officials have suspended new  resident admissions at the Pigeon Forge CarePicture-131 and Rehabilitation Center.  The suspension of new admissions follows the identification of problems related to the facilities administration, performance and resident rights observed during an inspection of the nursing home between April 20 and May 11.

In addition to the suspension on new admissions, Tennessee officials imposed a $3,000 fine and recommended a daily fine of $4,550 until the conditions are corrected.  A monitor has been assigned to the facility to keep track of the nursing home’s progress.  In addition, a copy of the order prohibiting new admissions has been posted on the door to the facility.  Read more about this Tennessee nursing home here.

Pigeon Forge Nursing Home is a 120-bed facility and has been licensed since 1992.  According to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the facility rates two stars out of five in terms of overall quality.  In 2008 nursing home inspectors found violations in reporting changes in residents’ physical or mental health to family members and doctors; helping residents with eating, drinking, grooming and hygiene when necessary; staffing; and making sure that the nursing home area is free of potential accident-causing dangers, among other citations.

Violations were cited in February 2008 and corrected in March, and cited again in October and corrected in November. The most recent survey was done in March of this year.

For more information about Tennessee nursing homes look here.

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