The decision to close the facility came after the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it will stop the flow of money to Lakeshore at the end of this week. Lakeshore Villas was listed on the center's June list of "Special Focus Facilities" that have had "a history of serious quality issues."
"Fourteen deficiencies, including 10 with immediate jeopardy ... that place should be closed down," said Brian Lee, executive director for the Families for Better Care, an elder advocacy group in Tallahassee. "All have come since 2007. They've had numerous fines and have been on the watch list for 14 months. They've had every opportunity to turn things around. They just failed to do so.