Illinois Department of Public Health Ensuring Safety of Residents as Long-Term Care Facility Suddenly Shuts its Doors

SPRINGFIELD–(ENEWSPF)–March 15, 2013. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), working in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Human Services, Office of the State Guardian, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and others, is relocating 32 residents from Colonial Manor, an intermediate care facility for the developmentally disabled located in Franklin County. Colonial Manor informed IDPH on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 it could not afford to stay open, only had food for approximately three and a half days, and would not be able to pay staff past Monday, March 18, 2013. The failure of the facility to notify IDPH at least 90 days before closing, as well as the inability to pay for food and staff, prompted the Department to take emergency action to ensure the health, safety and well-being of all residents.

“The health and safety of these residents is our first and foremost priority,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “The Department is working with several state agencies to find nearby facilities or community living arrangements where these residents can move, at least temporarily, to ensure they are receiving the quality care they need.”

At the same time, IDPH is requesting the Illinois Attorney General’s Office seek permission from the circuit court to allow the Department to place a receiver at Colonial Manor who can run the facility until permanent living arrangements are found for all residents. The Department will also pursue the voluntary surrender of the facility’s license or action to revoke Colonial Manor’s license.