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Ohio Departments of Aging, Health, Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Among Those Helping 55 Residents Move During Immediate Closing of River’s Bend Facility Bookmark

Lawrence County Nursing Home Announced Yesterday It Was Closing Today

Statement from Ursel J. McElroy, Director, Ohio Department of Aging

“Yesterday’s announcement of an immediate closure of the River’s Bend Health Care nursing facility in Lawrence County is directly related to the facility’s failure to fulfill payroll obligations to its staff.

“The Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Health and the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman responded immediately by dispatching staff to the facility that, as of yesterday, housed 55 residents.

“We share the concerns of many about the major disruptions this immediate action causes in the lives of residents and their loved ones. We are working together with community, state and federal resources to assist in the transfer of residents to other long-term care facilities or to return them to homes.

“The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Department of Veterans Services and the Ohio Department of Medicaid are also providing key assistance.

“We are working in a collaborative manner with one goal -- to have all residents of River’s Bend safely relocated today. It is our practice that all residents who have been moved will have a personal meeting with an ombudsman and their families, to assure that needs and preferences are being met. The Long-Term Care Ombudsman program is available at 1-800-282-1206.”

“We are grateful to the residents’ families who have also responded quickly and assisted with identifying alternate living arrangements, helping to pack and move their loved one’s belongings. We also acknowledge that several of River’s Bend staff members are working without compensation to provide care and assist residents during this time.”

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