Rhode Island Ombudsman Calls for Retirement Home Shutdown

A state official is calling for a Rhode Island nursing home to be shut down or taken over by a third party due to continuing problems.

The Pawtuxet Village Care and Rehabilitation Center has been on a federal list of worst performing for 15 months due to numerous nursing home neglect incidents. Kathleen Heren, the Rhode Island long-term-care ombudsman is reportedly asking the state’s health department to shut the facility down or put someone else in charge, according to a story in the Providence Journal.

On Friday the state ordered the nursing home to stop taking patients due to neglect problems. The 131-bed facility is on the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) list of Special Focus Facilities; a list reserved for facilities that have a history of persistent poor quality of care.