NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The receiver of five nursing homes that are set to close in less than a month says they will ensure that all residents are transferred to another facility before they move forward with the closures.
KCP Advisory Group of Billerica was named the temporary receiver of the nursing homes on Monday after Attorney General Maura Healey’s office petitioned to place the facilities in receivership to protect the more than 200 residents from “imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.”
The nursing homes, located in Dighton, Fall River and New Bedford, were recently ordered to stop accepting new patients due to what the health department characterized as “ongoing operational issues.”
Healey said in her petition that the nursing homes are at risk of dangerous understaffing because its employees are frustrated that their paychecks were either late or bounced. The facilities are also lacking critical supplies because Skyline has not paid the vendors who provide them.
“The safety and well-being of all residents is our utmost priority,” Paul Valentine of KCP Advisory Group said in a statement. “As Receiver, we will work with residents and their families, with employees, and with state agencies, including the Department of Public Health, throughout this process to assure the orderly transition of care for the residents.”
The five nursing homes are owned and operated by Skyline Healthcare, which voluntarily surrendered its licenses for the facilities.
KCP will not only be responsible for managing and operating the facilities, but it will also need to “effectuate an orderly closure of the facilities.” It also orders that Skyline have no possession or control of any of the facilities or the money that funds them.
Court documents say the receivership will be in place for no more than 60 days, “until such time as the health and safety of the residents of the facilities is no longer a concern.” Valentine tells Eyewitness News any posted closure dates of May 3 and 24 are “target dates,” and they are hoping to move all residents out by then.
With the closures looming, nurses at Bedford Village tell Eyewitness News they have yet to receive a written closure plan and are concerned about what might happen with all of the medical records inside the nursing homes.
“There are multitudes of records in this building from employees to residents that have Social Security numbers as well as bank account numbers and routing numbers,” Nursing Administrator of Bedford Village Grace Williamson said. “This building is across the street from a park that’s known for crime… This building will be looted. We need a closure plan. We need to know what’s going on.”
Eyewitness News has continuously reached out to Skyline for comment, but have failed to connect.