Numerous violations were uncovered by Ohio Department of Health inspectors at the Woodlands at Eastland. Families received a letter late last week from Woodlands administrators saying all residents in the assisted living facility must move out by Friday.
The Ohio Department of Health has filed a notice to revoke the facility’s license to operation. Ohio’s Long Term Care Ombudsman says the facility could remain open, but the owner has told them he can no longer keep it open.
Jim Brown rushed to Columbus from Nashville to help his mother, who lives in the Woodlands community.
“I’m here in an effort to expedite and make sure I get my mother into a new place,” Brown said.
The letter families received late last week from Woodlands at Eastland administrators say the letter cited fire code violations and mounting utility bills as the reason for the closure. But there is much more to the story, and facility administrators refused to provide a statement or consent to an interview.
NBC4 obtained a 71-page report detailing confirmed violations at Woodlands at Eastland by Ohio Department of Health inspectors.
These investigators confirmed there was a lack of records showing health care staff was actually qualified for the jobs they held. There was a lack of medical supplies like rubber gloves for staff to properly change bed sheets. Some residents were administering their own medication without documented permission from doctors. At least one resident also told investigators about bugs in food. Another told investigators there were rats and mice in the hallway at nice.
Amanda Martin is also moving her mother out of the Woodlands.
“At this point in time, I want to get my mother moved,” she said. “Some of the violations you (NBC4) just told me about, I had no clue. None whatsoever.”
Ohio’s Long Term Care Ombudsman, Beverley Laubert, is helping families locate new assisted living options.
“We have talked to several of them and their family members throughout the weekend, and we are there to provide that support for them,” she said.
Laubert confirms her office has received more than 20 complaints about Woodlands at Eastland in the last twelve months. She also tells NBC4 power was cut to parts of this facility just last week for overdue bills.
Now, families are left making quick arrangements to get their loved ones new housing before the week is up as they learn the full scope of the problems.
“That’s very real, and the first I have heard of some of these violations are what you’ve shared with me here,” Brown said.