Vigil held to protest nursing home closure

March 8, 2010 4:47:20 PM PST
Religious and community leaders are hoping to slow down the expected closure of a troubled North Side nursing home. The facility has been investigated for numerous security breaches.

A candlelight vigil was held Monday evening in front of the Somerset Place nursing home. Earlier, some residents were seen leaving the facility. Vigil organizers say Somerset's doors were expected to close for good at 5 p.m.

"The majority of these residents are transitioned without the ability to go in community based supportive housing though many qualified for that. Many were sent to nursing homes where they won't necessarily receive better quality of care than at the Somerset," said Jamiko Rose, vigil organizer.

Somerset's closing comes after federal inspectors cited the facility for safety breaches including the investigation of 15 assault and battery cases during 2008 and 2009.