MDH announces 90-day suspension of Hill City assisted living facility

December 07, 2018 06:24 PM

Aitkin County social workers continued to remove more people from Chappy's Golden Shores in Hill City on Friday afternoon.

The action is part of an immediate 90-day suspension of the comprehensive home care license of the assisted living facility based on what the Minnesota Department of Health calls "serious alleged violations of Minnesota home care laws found by a department investigation."

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A release said the alleged violations at Chappy's Golden Shores are "deemed to pose an imminent risk to the health and safety of the clients served by this home care provider."

Managers of the home estimate more than 20 clients have been removed so far, but about 10, mostly "private pay" clients, remain.

Those running the facility deny any wrongdoing and blame a disgruntled former employee and the family of a former client who was evicted from the home for making complaints of neglect to the state. 

"Nobody heard our side. They listened to a few people and I'm sure this person has called the state so many times they thought, 'OK, maybe we should really do something,'" said Laurie Simone, who identified herself as a manager of the home.

Simone says the assisted living facility plans to appeal the 90-day suspension and it expects to remain open to serve its remaining clients.


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The release from the state said the MDH is working with county and state partners to ensure the safety and ongoing care of those clients impacted by the action. More information will be provided to clients and families in the coming days.

The investigation remains ongoing.

"While there are limits to how much we can share during an active regulatory process, this type of regulatory action is quite rare and typically associated with situations that pose imminent risk of harm," Minnesota Commissioner of Health Jan Malcolm said in a statement.

Those with questions are asked to contact their case manager, county adult protection or the Minnesota Ombudsman for Long Term Care (1-800-657-3591).

Allegations of mistreatment should be made to the Minnesota Adult Abuse Reporting Center at 1-844-880-1574.

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