Troubling Concerns at Nursing Home Closed by the State

Associated Press

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) – The bills were unpaid, the phones shut off, trash piled up and eventually, food ran out. The problems at the Benchmark Healthcare nursing home in Festus forced the state to take the unusual step of shutting it down earlier this month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that by the time the nursing home closed amid its parent company’s financial problems, employees were spending their own money to help feed residents.

The home’s owner is Legacy Health Systems, a Chesterfield, Missouri-based firm that once had 27 facilities in Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Legacy sold most of its assets in recent years, or had them seized by creditors. About 200 people live in the remaining facilities in Sikeston, Missouri, and Puryear, Tennessee.

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