More than 40 residents at the New Village View in Highland were removed from their homes last weekend, according to the state Department of Health.
Jill Montag, department spokeswoman, said in a statement on Wednesday that the health commissioner issued an emergency order on Friday to suspend the Grove Street facility’s operating certificate is suspended for 60 days.
New Village View is an adult home with 80 beds, 46 of which are part of its assisted living program, according to the state, which defines an adult home as a facility that “provides long-term residential care, room, board, housekeeping, personal care, and supervision to five or more adults.”
“Although relocating residents is a very difficult decision, the Department determined that it was in the best interest of the residents after carefully examining all options and in light of serious building and environmental safety concerns identified by both the Department of Health and the Town of Lloyd Building Department,” Montag said.
She added the state has worked to “minimize the burden” of residents through keeping them connected with their families and community.
Montag would not comment on specific building and safety concerns, where residents were relocated, impacts on employees or the status of residents’ belongings. She said there are open investigations around the suspension, therefore the department cannot comment further.
As of May 30, 84.1% of residents at the Ulster County facility were fully vaccinated, and only 12.5% of staff members had their first dose, with 0% fully vaccinated, according to data that was self-reported.
Representatives of New Village View, also known as Highland Assisted Living Center at Village View, could not be reached for comment.
The facility received nine violations from nine inspections between Jan. 1, 2017, and Dec. 31, 2020, according to the health department. Three of those inspections resulted in no violations, on March 6, 2018; Feb. 13, 2019; and Nov. 1, 2019.
The first violation report, issued on Feb. 3, 2017, involved records and reports. The department reminded the facility to submit a quarterly statistical information report. On Feb. 8, 2019, the facility received another records violation in which the facility was told to submit an annual financial statement before June 15 after the close of its fiscal year.
The facility received two violations on June 28, 2019, in relation to resident protections and services. The department cited residents’ rights to receive “courteous, fair and respectful care and treatment at all times, and shall not be physically, mentally or emotionally abused or neglected in any manner.”
Additionally, the facility was reminded that an incident report must be filed if a resident has been missing for 24 hours, assaults another person, is injured, dies by suicide, dies, or is involved in an accident on or off the grounds that requires medical attention.
On Dec. 9, 2019, the facility received two violations again, one for civil penalties and another for admission standards. The health department said a hearing must be given when a violation has occurred if it involves the harm of a resident as a result of fixing a procedure as shown by a history of a violation. The nature of that violation was not specified, though.
On Jan. 9, 2020, the facility was cited for a personnel violation, including providing backup for staff. Lastly, on Dec. 21, 2020, the facility was reminded that when being inspected, it must provide access to records “at such times as the department shall determine.”
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