LIBERTY, Ohio (WKBN) – A transition team helped residents move out of Campus Health Care on Friday.
The Liberty nursing home has been on a federal “worst of the worst” list for months. Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health sent a letter to Campus Health notifying them that they were going to shut the facility down within a month, unless Campus Health requested a hearing to challenge the decision.
State reports show patients were found with severe bedsores, lying in their own filth. Other patients didn’t know if they had received their medicines.
Finally, the state had enough and started the process to take the nursing home out of the Medicare system. That’s when the company’s owners called the state.
“They notified me by phone that they believed it was in the best interest of their residents to have everyone move today,” said State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Beverley Laubert.
Friday, the office of the state Long-Term Care Ombudsman started helping the residents in the building find new homes. They had 18 hours to relocate them.
Laubert told WKBN that the Ohio Department of Health did an inspection in December, finding problems at Campus, including one instance that caused some type of harm to a resident. She did not specify what type of harm the resident suffered.
Laubert said Campus paid employees late earlier this month. New Beginnings, the company that owns Campus Health Care, is based in Tennessee and filed for bankruptcy earlier in January.
No one at New Beginnings returned calls or emails to WKBN for comment on Friday.
The state inspected the nursing home three times in 2015. Those inspections found instances where patients didn’t get their medications, or were given medications but nursing staff never kept records of the dosages; dirty medical equipment; trash, including soiled adult diapers throughout the building; and human feces covering toilets and bathroom floors.
In one instance, a resident died of malnutrition, according to an Ohio Department of Health report. These inspections all happened before July 1. The official reports from the state can be seen below:
- March 16, 2015 (Concerns reported about a patient’s weight)
- March 19, 2015 (Human waste found on floor)
- June 10, 2015 (Residents not receiving proper medication)
Twana Sharp found a new home close by for her grandmother. She said she often brought food for her mother and other things that Campus Health Care couldn’t supply.
“I feel bad for the residents who don’t have family members who can actually come up here and take care of them,” Sharp said.
Deann Richmond, one of the former workers, said staffing at the facility, as well as supplies, have been short for some time. Richmond says it’s a hard day for residents to understand.
“They’re crying. They’re saying they’re making them leave their homes, but really, we’re not taking care of them the way we should be,” she said.
John Saulitis, long term care ombudsman director at the Area Agency on Aging 11, said, as of 6 p.m. Friday, all of Campus Health’s 40 residents had been safely relocated to a new home “of their choosing.” The state provided moving boxes through U-Haul for all of those residents.
Because not everyone can be notified, those looking for information about a family member who moved can contact the state ombudsman at 800-282-1206.