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State to Revoke Fayette Co. Nursing Home's License

FAYETTE COUNTY (Rob Wells) -- A long-time nursing home in Washington Court House is losing its license after failing to improve the facility, state officials said. 

Carlton Manor told its residents Thursday that it would be closing its doors next month. State health officials said they are now trying to find the right place for residents, many of whom have special needs.

"There have been a number of deficiencies in the home," said Beverly Laubert of the Ohio Department of Aging. "There have been assaults among residents, issues of supervision of residents."

Laubert said many have mental illnesses and 27 residents are registered sex offenders.

Laubert said the state gave Carlton Manor multiple warnings over the last six months to improve the place to no avail.

Consequently, the Ohio Department of Health has reportedly made plans to revoke Carlton Manor's license. Medicare and Medicaid officials said they would end their agreement with the facility and stop payment next month for the 130 residents.
Pat Wise said she worries about her brother, who she said is a registered sex offender and has lived at the facility for 20 years.

"He needs protection from himself and everyone needs protection from him," Wise said.

The nursing home's staff and management declined to speak about this case. The owner's attorney said they plan to fight the Department of Health's decision to revoke their license. He also said the new owner has only been in control for about a month and needs more time to improve the property.

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