Sudden closure of nursing home provokes state investigation

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A Texas nursing home with a history of neglect complaints and code violations is being investigated by the state after the facility abruptly closed its doors.

Like many states, Texas law requires nursing homes to give the state 60 days notice and residents' families 30 days notice of an impending closure. Allison Lowery, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Service told the Bryan College Station Eagle that the department learned on Oct. 24 that the 32-bed Calvert Nursing home had moved its residents to other facilities on Oct. 21 and 22.

Lowery said that her department had called the home's 17 relocated residents to check on their well-being. The nursing home has been the recipient of several violations in the past few years, including four in 2011 alone.

Depending on the investigation's findings, the facility's owners, who had owned the nursing home since July 1, could face a loss of their credentials and financial penalties.