The owners of Carlton Manor have requested an administrative hearing with the Ohio Department of Health to fight ODH’s proposed license revocation of the nursing home.
Last week, Carlton Manor was notified by the Ohio Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that the facility will no longer be eligible for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for services provided after Feb. 15, 2014. An inspection of the facility last year found “very serious” violations, including allegations by residents of physical restraint and sexual assault as well as lack of supervision, and that if failed to follow mandated Medicaid and Medicare participation requirements.
Also last week, Ohio Department of Health officials notified Carlton Manor that they intend to revoke the nursing home’s state operating license.
A date for the hearing has not yet been set, according to Tessie Pollock, with the ODH Public Affairs Office. “The Carlton Manor owners had a meeting with Ohio Department of Health officials to outline their plan with the administrative hearing,” said Pollock.
Pollock also said that the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services is prepared to assist Carlton Manor employees who may lose their jobs if the nursing home is closed. Carlton Manor has approximately 150 employees, including full-time and part-time. A resident transition team is working with the families and guardians of Carlton Manor residents to relocate them to other facilities.
Carlton Manor, a 144-licensed bed nursing home located at 726 Rawlings St., houses a number of residents with mental illnesses, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Approximately 90 percent of the residents have a behavioral or mental health issue.
The facility is also home to approximately 20 residents on the sex offender registry.
“Like those with other behavioral care requirements, the relocation team will work to find homes that will meet their needs and safeguard the community,” Pollock said last week. “The State is aware of the criminal justice interactions of some of the residents and all efforts will be made to ensure continued community safety while they remain at Carlton Manor and in future care settings.”
A group called “Save the Manor,” which includes many employees, held a candlelight vigil Friday night in support of the nursing home, its residents and its staff.