The Ohio Department of Health has notified the Liberty Nursing Center of Toledo, located at 2005 Ashland Avenue, of its intent to revoke its license and close the nursing home.
In a letter sent August 9, the department cites a systemic failure of the home's administration to identify and respond to allegations of abuse, as well as a failure to protect residents from abuse. The letter was prompted by an incident on July 26, in which records indicate a male resident was found lying on top of a female resident on her bed. While staffers determined there was no sexual contact, the state says the resident's physician and a responsible party were not notified.
The ODOH says the incident is part of a long history of problems at the nursing home, including an incident in February in which a nursing aide struck a resident multiple times with a closed fist.
"The protection and safety of our residents continues to be our number one concern. We are going to appeal the State's findings," the home said in a statement.
If the license is revoked, Ohio's Long Term Care Ombudsman program is ready to help the 105 residents and their families find new living quarters.
"The ombudsman program has a number of resources at our disposal to assist those residents and family members in finding a new place to live. It may be a nursing home, it may be assisted living," said Bev Laubert, Ohio's Long Term Care Ombudsman.
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