July 20th, 2010
The Glenwood Nursing Center of Jacksonville, FL has been closed due to numerous instances of nursing home abuse. Glenwood had their license revoked by the Agency for Health Care Administration and a complete relocation of their residents has been ordered. The shut down was prompted by many instances of nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect that have taken place over the past 3 years.
Many of the issues are due to inadequate safety precautions and a general lack of staffing. Reported abuse and neglect incidents include numerous and repeated falls, violent behavior among residents, and residents purposely overdosing on drugs. The Jacksonville police have been involved with many of these incidents and have long known about the nursing homes negative history. Other issues contributing to the revoked license are fire code violations and lack of proper fall prevention measures.
Glenwood has a long history of nursing home abuse. One of the worst cases was in 2002 when a resident raped a comatosed woman. This took place while the nursing home was operating under the name Southwood Nursing Center. Glenwood has also operated under the name Riverwood Nursing Center. Glenwood is owned and operated by its parent company Sterling Health Care, which operates six nursing homes in Florida.
Residents of Glenwood need to be relocated by August 26, 2010 and the state Department of Children and Families and the Long Term Care Ombudsman are helping with the move. The DCF is helping relocation by finding beds at other nursing homes and making sure the rights of the residents are preserved during the difficult transition. The DCF is also paying special attention to protecting residents’ assets and belongings, which are particularly vulnerable during a change of residence.