A retirement home in Glyfada has been closed after an elderly resident was found with untreated bruises and gashes on her face and another eight discovered crammed into a filthy basement. The «Panagitsa» home had been operating without a license – with residents «treated worse than animals» – since 1998 but legislative loopholes meant authorities could not close it, Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros said after appealing to Health Minister Nikitas Kaklamanis. The minister arranged for the injured woman to be hospitalized and the other 16 residents to be taken to the Athens Retirement Home in Ambelokipi. The owner of the Glyfada home was arrested. Sgouros appealed to the ministry to close other illegal homes and to families to be cautious about where they place elderly relatives.