Residents searching for new home after state revokes Topeka adult care facility license

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Residents at a Topeka adult care home are looking for another place to live – after the state has revoked the facility’s license.

The Kansas Department of Aging and Disability has taken away the license of the Topeka Community Healthcare Center on southeast 21st Street.

KDAD says the facility has 55 residents and it has struggled to meet state and federal performance standards.

KDAD says the center has failed to meet on-going compliance with health and safety requirements.

One resident who lives here – says the center had a meeting about it last week  – but it’s still a surprise.

“People have been coming in, giving all kinds of information. Like I said, we have about six of them leaving today. So, they’re doing the best they can for us. But still, it was kind of sudden,” resident Dave Oliver said. “Really, we have no idea. Like I said, I have been here for two years. I had no clue this was happening. We knew the state was here quite often and it was kind of like – what is going on. But, when they told us about the shutdown it was like…okay, now what do we do?”

The Topeka Community Healthcare Center says in a statement:
“The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) has given notice that Topeka Community Healthcare Center (TCHC) should plan for involuntary closure by September 12, 2013.  Although TCHC disagrees with KDADS’ determination, TCHC is cooperating with KDADS and communicating with residents and their families to make plans for safe transfers of residents, if necessary.

TCHC remains actively engaged in discussions with KDADS to reach an agreement that would permit TCHC to remain open and to continue providing quality care to its residents in a homelike environment.

Additionally, state and Federal laws provide facilities with the opportunity to appeal survey findings and related remedies.  We are pursuing our legal rights to the fullest extent.

Our mission and priority continues to be focused on providing quality, compassionate patient care in a homelike environment to our residents.”

TCHC has 60 days…until September 12, 2013 to find other accommodations for its residents.

A KDAD spokeswoman tells Kansas First News, staff is at the center to help residents find other places to live.

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