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Nursing center asked to submit closure plan

Rochester, N.Y. - A Rochester nursing home has until the end of the week to submit a closure plan.

Since March of 2011, Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center has been a Special Focus Facility for Medicare and Medicaid services.

Now, the Federal Government is telling them to close because the center's conditions havent gotten any better.     

In April of last year Kathy Steels loved one was admitted to Blossom South.

By the next day she said knew she had to get them out of the center.

Urine in the elevators, a broken register grate for the heating duct with filth all over  the heating duct, his own feces when he didn't clean himself well enough on the bed spread, sitting for 45 minutes waiting for food and then it was cold, missed medications, said Steel.

She said this list is the short version, and that short staffing and a high turnover had a lot to do with the problems she witnessed at the center.

For 13 months, Steel fought to get her loved one out of center.

They were moved to an assisted living center in May of this year.

It's stories like Steel's that lead to a letter from the Department of Health and Human Services that was sent to the center on August 16, 2013.

The letter tells the center they must submit a closure plan by this Friday.

The center has 60 days to submit an appeal.

A statement from Christopher J. Roberts, Administrator of Blossom South Nursing and Rehabilitation Center sent to 13WHAM Monday night said:

"At this time, we are actively engaged in discussions with the NYS Department of Health and CMS in an effort to allow Blossom South to continue to serve our residents and their families. We cannot speculate on the outcome of those discussions."

But if the center closes what will happen to the 135 residents currently in the centers care?

The good thing is there are beds available in the Monroe County nursing homes, said Mary Rose McBride, VP of Marketing & Communications/Technology at Lifespan, more than enough to cover the 135 number so if it comes to closure there are beds.

McBride said if the center does close they will work with residents and their families to find them new homes.


Kelsie Smith, 13WHAM-TV
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