Missouri nursing home may shut down after inspection cited problems


FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis-area nursing home may be forced to shut down after an inspection found residents were not provided with enough food and that the home did not meet minimum requirements for cleanliness and care.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2cti8gh ) reports that a lawyer for Benchmark Healthcare in Festus says he believes that all residents have already been moved.

Federal inspectors filed a report in July that found the nursing home failed to meet nutritional needs of residents. Staff members told inspectors they had not received a food delivery in a month because of nonpayment to the vendor. They said they were spending their own money to buy food.

Attorney Josh Schindler says no appeal is planned but the health and safety of residents were never in jeopardy.