Nashville nursing home set to lose funding, may close - WSMV News 4

Nashville nursing home set to lose funding, may close

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More than 100 elderly and ailing people have less than a month to find a new place to live. Their nursing home is about to lose its government funding, and that has left their family members in a panic.

One at a time Monday, people showed up to Imperial Gardens Health And Rehabilitation in Nashville wanting to know what is going on.

The nursing home failed an on-site inspection this month, and inspectors said they found conditions that placed the residents in immediate jeopardy.

Medicare and Medicaid are now cutting off funding, and the nursing home will likely have to close.

Beginning Tuesday, more than 100 patients will have 30 days to find a new home.

While many people with loved ones at Imperial Gardens said they've been mostly happy, they did complain about lengthy wait times.

"For instance, if his medicine is due at 9 o'clock, I'm still sitting there waiting there for his medicine at 11, and I have to go find a nurse and ask what's going on," said Calvin Spence, whose brother lives at the nursing home.

State and federal officials have not yet released their findings.

The nursing home company said they're taking the situation seriously, are working to correct the problem and apologize to residents and their families for this "unfortunate situation."

The parent company, Vanguard, also promises to place their patients in one of its other facilities, but some patients and their families worry about where they're going and how they'll cope.

"I mean, they're trying to send some people to Shelbyville, and people don't have family in Shelbyville. How can they expect family to go and see them, especially when they go see them on a regular basis?" Spence asked.

Vanguard reps tell Channel 4 News they are still talking to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to try and do what they can about this situation, but, as of right now, their funding is set to be cut off Tuesday at midnight.

Vanguard also faces a stiff fine of $4,500 per day, going back from Aug. 7, 2012 to now.

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