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The Mount Carmel Nursing Home in Greenfield, Wisconsin was cited for numerous violations and needs to have them fixed before any new admissions will be paid for with state funding. The home was in danger of being closed in 1998, but since then has had a record of very few violations. The nursing home was cited for many acts of negligence.

The facility at 5700 W. Layton Ave., which has 439 residents, was cited for 16 federal violations and found to have given substandard care in the category of quality of life for residents. Other problems cited included the failure of aides to answer call lights, not taking residents to the bathroom when asked, expired medications on treatment carts and the failure to promptly investigate abuse or neglect allegations.

Richard Rau, executive administrator of Mount Carmel, said the incidents were unfortunate, unusual for the home and isolated. He noted that the survey documented care problems for about 15 residents. State records show surveyors reviewed a sample of 75 resident records.

“We took the violations extremely seriously and went back to figure out why they happened to make sure they are not an issue in the future,” he said.

The nursing home hopes to have any issues fixed by next week. Wisconsin is facing a small crisis with nursing home closures in the state. 38 homes have closed since 1999.

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