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Nursing Home Shut Down After Abuse and Neglect Allegations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The state has taken the infrequent step
of revoking the license of a nursing home after a Birmingham
facility was cited for neglect, abuse and patients leaving
unsupervised.

Witnesses told investigators a certified nurse's assistant at
ConsultAmerica Health and Rehabilitation cursed at residents, once
jerked at one using a walker, and pinned a woman's arms down on a
table after the resident hit her.

ConsultAmerica found she was "disrespectful and discourteous to
residents" but not abusive.

Rick Harris directs the state's Bureau of Health Provider
Standards and said the home had a string of really bad incidents.

ConsultAmerica was placed on probation in January 2009 and lost
its license after waiving a March 11 revocation hearing. It was the
state's first license revocation since 2007.

Phone messages left for the home's owner were not returned.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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