Clermont nursing facility investigated following resident's hospitalization

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CLERMONT, Fla. —

Clermont Police and the Florida Department of Children and Families are investigating The Clermont Health and Rehabilitation Center following accusations of elder neglect.

They began investigating the facility after one of its residents was rushed to the hospital.

"It seems to be a nice place; they're very accommodating to my mother," said Maria Miller, whose mother resides at the facility.

Police said they were called to the hospital Monday night after nurses reported an elderly man with severe skin ulcers.

Police said the man's daughter told them she had been having problems with the center for months and she'd started to notice signs of neglect, including sores in his mouth from not having his dentures removed.

When WFTV's Kenneth Craig stopped by the nursing facility to ask about the charges, the administrator wouldn't answer questions.

State records show that the center has been fined by state health care officials at least twice before for noncompliance. The most recent fine came in 2009 for neglect problems.

"I am hoping it is just something that happened randomly, and it's not something that happens all the time," said Miller.

No charges have been filed in the case.