Struggling Kent nursing facility may soon close
Published 12:03 pm, Wednesday, September 9, 2015
KENT — A nursing facility’s plan to close its doors by the end of the year has left families searching for a new home for the center’s 50 patients.
A request will be filed with the state Sept. 30 to close the specialty nursing center. Within 90 days, The Kent’s parent company, Apple Rehab, will find out whether the closing is approved or the request is modified or denied.
“This was an extremely tough decision and one we did not take lightly,” said Linda Urbanski, Apple Rehab administrator. “Our residents and families are our highest priority. We are prepared to provide a smooth and seamless transition and ensure that all care and services continue uninterrupted during this process.”
Placement coordinators are now on staff to help patients and their families find alternate facilities, according to company spokeswoman Anne Collete.
The losses resulted from a declining patient population, changes to New York state’s Medicaid reimbursement program for Connecticut nursing homes and the trend toward home-based health care services, company officials said in the letter to the state Department of Social Services.
Efforts to sell the facility have been unsuccessful, Ubanski said.
J. Michado, whose father, Louis, is a resident at The Kent, said she received a call Monday telling her the center would close in 90 days and asking her preference as to where her father should go.
“I just found out dad has liver cancer three weeks ago,” Michado said. “He’s in poor health. He’s been in three different nursing homes. Now he’s in long-term care. My dad is very comfortable there. He doesn’t want to go anywhere else.”
Michado said she is “very uncomfortable with The Kent.”
“The communication is terrible,” Michado said. “They weren’t very reassuring. They took me by surprise and wanted an immediate answer on where I want him to go.”
“These are people’s lives,” she said. “I was shocked.”
A public hearing by the state is set for 10 a.m. on Oct. 2 at The Kent, 45 Maple St., Kent. The public is invited to attend and address the hearing officers on any concerns about the proposed closing of the facility.