Tennessee Suspends Admissions to Elderly Home
The Tennessee Department of Health commissioner has suspended new admissions to an elder care home based in Arlington.
According to an official press release, the facility, Caring Estates, was ordered to cease new admissions as of January 16. The commissioner took this step based on the findings of an annual survey and a complaint. The complaint sparked an investigation that wrapped last week. The commissioner can suspend admissions to any home where he believes conditions are “detrimental” to the safety, health, or welfare of elderly residents.
An eight-bed elder care facility, Caring Estates describes itself as “a safe, warm, caring environment [that is] committed to alleviating the stress and doubt that is associated with moving an elderly parent from the home.”
However, officials found during inspection it had a number of standards violations. These included infractions in standards for admissions, administration, building standards, disaster preparedness, life safety, personal services, records and reports, and resident rights. The state appointed a special monitor to review the facility’s operations. The order to suspend admissions will remain in effect until Caring Homes rectifies the conditions.
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