State Health Dept. orders Tonawanda home to shut down

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New York’s state health commissioner has put the operators of a Town of Tonawanda adult care facility on notice, they have 60 days to shut down and relocate their residents to other facilities.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker issued an emergency order, suspending Oakwood Senior Living’s operating certificate for 60 days, and during those two months, the owner is  supposed to move out all its 100 residents by Friday, May 31.

The State Health Department issued a 60-day emergency suspension order, with the intention of shutting the adult living facility down.

Oakwood’s owner, Long Island based Kenwell Gardens, LLC, has been cited hundreds of times for violations and has been assessed fines amounting to thousands of dollars, but Kenwell Gardens is fighting back, taking the state to court.

The state’s biggest issues have been related to residents’ medications. The order alleges Kenwell Gardens fails to keep accurate records of medications, when they are dispensed, and fails to store them securely.

Kenwell Gardens, based in Nassau County, has filed a motion for a temporary restraining order in State Supreme Court in Albany, and a hearing has been set for June 14.

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