Two Nebraska nursing homes are closing, after an announcement last month from Utah-based Deseret Health Groups. Ainsworth Care Center in Ainsworth and Logan Valley Manor in Lyons combined have 36 remaining residents.
Leah Bucco-White, at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, says the agency stepped into help.
“Our role here at the Department of Health and Human Services is to closely monitor the situation and the safety and care of the residents,” Bucco-White says, “as well as a smooth transition.”
That transition, Bucco-White says, is the receivership that was granted to Klaasmeyer and Associates, a Nebraska company that will have temporary responsibility of the employees and residents at the two facilities.
“That company doesn’t own the home but they’re taking over the management and operation of the homes,” she says.
Bucco-White says the receivership ensures the safety of the residents and the department is making sure the residents are taken care of during the process.
She says the department does not know why the Utah company decided to close the facilities, but she says they also own two other homes in Nebraska that no longer have residents living in them.
“We became aware there wasn’t an adequate plan in place to transition residents out of the facilities or the financial ability to maintain operation and care after closure was announced,” Bucco-White says. “That’s where we stepped in and started working on the receivership.”
The DHHS is working with the Attorney General’s office to address concerns of back wages and future employment opportunities for the employees.
Anyone with questions or concerns is encouraged to call the DHHS at (402) 471-3324.
By Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton