Mexico Manor Closes Doors

9 years 3 months 2 weeks ago June 11, 2007 Jun 11, 2007 Monday, June 11 2007 Monday, June 11, 2007 5:27:55 PM CDT in News

Once it's made, it's a decision they usually like to stick with. But for some families in Mexico, they will soon have to make that decision all over again.

That's because a skilled nursing facility there will close its doors next week. The Department of Health and Senior Services found that Mexico Manor failed to meet many state regulations.

The department reported the facility mismanaged residents' money, had unsanitary food preparation and failed to provide proper care for their residents, among other things.

Mexico Manor opened its doors to residents 25 years ago. As its next-door neighbor and former employee, Clifton Long was surprised to hear the news.

"It's a clean building outside and the inside's right too," Long said. "I don't know how they failed their tests."

"We had found problems earlier in an earlier inspection and those concerns had not been addressed to our satisfaction," said Nanci Gonder, Department of Health and Senior Services.

The Department of Health and Senior Services had hundreds of pages documenting how Mexico Manor did not comply with state regulations. But at this time, administrators at the Manor cannot comment on any of those violations.

"We're going to do what's in the best interest of our residents, just like we always have," said Meldina Kennemore, Mexico Manor administrator.

The DHSS says it wants what's best for residents as well.

"We understand that it can be very difficult for a resident to have to move, and difficult for the family members who are used to visiting them at a certain facility and that's why really this is a last resort," Gondor said.

The DHSS first became aware of Mexico Manor's problems during its annual inspection in January. The DHSS and Mexico Manor came up with a corrections plan at that time. When the department followed up in April, Mexico Manor had not corrected many of the problems, and the DHSS decided to revoke the Manor's license.

The department notified the next of kin and guardians of the residents in May, and it will close Mexico Manor for good on June 18.

There are two ways the Manor could stay open. They could change ownership or receive a stay from the Administrative Hearing Commission. At this time, there is no indication that the Manor is looking into either of these options.

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