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Blossom South residents still looking for homes
by Jennifer Lee
Rochester, N.Y. - Blossom South, a nursing and rehabilitation center on Monroe Avenue is closing Saturday after months of legal battles over health and safety violations. Inspectors said there were even mistakes with medicine.
As of Friday afternoon, Lifespan said about 30 Blossom South residents were still without homes. Lifespan advocates for residents to make sure their rights are being upheld.
The president and CEO of Lifespan, Ann Marie Cook, said they have been working with the Department of Health as well as the Rochester area facilities to find everyone a home for months.
"This is their home and so their homes being closed and their hoping they can find a place in which they can get the care needs that they need and also in the community," said Cook.
No one was guaranteed a spot in Rochester, though. Cook said with Blossom South closing, residents had to accept the openings that were offered to them in other areas of the state.
"Later on they have the ability to appeal to come back to our community if it's not in Rochester, but they will have to accept that bed," said Cook.
Alvin Peterson of Rochester said he visited his brother-in-law at Blossom South every single week, but with the nursing home closing visits will become more difficult.
"He's planning to go to Utica and we are kind of saddened about that because it's such a long ways away," said Peterson. "He has a sister here and another relative. It's going to be hard to visit him there."
Moving to Utica was not the Peterson family's choice, but their only option.
Peterson said no other homes in Rochester would accept his brother-in-law because they were either at capacity or could not provide appropriate care.
"A city like Rochester should be able to accommodate residents that have to be moved," said Peterson.
13WHAM reached out to administrators at Blossom South for comment, but we're not able to speak with anyone.
Lifespan officials said Blossom South will remain open for residents who still have not found a new home, even though Medicare and Medicaid payments are being cut off after March 16.