Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 | 8:32 a.m.
CARSON CITY – The state has closed a Las Vegas assisted-living center after charges that its elderly residents were physical abused and their money stolen from them.
Residents of the Las Vegas Home Sweet Home, 2615 Lindell Road, were removed and placed in other facilities last week after the state Bureau of Health Care and Compliance suspended the license of the nursing home.
A representative of Las Vegas Home Sweet Home couldn't be reached for comment.
The investigation uncovered cases in which Social Security checks and other funds allegedly were found being deposited into the personal accounts of caregivers. The probe found caregivers took more money than necessary for grocery store purchases and didn't return it to the residents, state officials said.
The state reported there was abuse of an elderly woman who had a shouting match with a manager. Officials said she was dragged down the hallway by her ankles while kicking and screaming.
The woman was removed from the home and Metro Police investigated the alleged physical abuse, the state said.
Officials said the home has been investigated and fined repeatedly by the state bureau in recent years. It said the suspension was issued by the state on grounds that residents weren't safe as a result of chronic and repeated non-compliance with regulations.