The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 26, 2013

Broadfield confirms nursing unit closing

Developmental portion of home to stay open

By MARGIE NETZEL - mnetzel@starbeacon.com
Star Beacon

MADISON TOWNSHIP —  Broadfield Manor Nursing and Convalescent Home will close it’s skilled nursing unit in about 90 days, facility administrator Kelly A. Johnson said, adding the closing will not affect the developmentally disabled portion of the home.

Johnson declined to give a reason for the closing.

Residents called the media last week concerned about the rumored but unconfirmed closing, which had not yet been filed with the Ohio Department of Health.

The state requires 90 days notice before closing, public information representative Tess Pollock said.

“This process is being conducted within applicable state and federal regulations,” Johnson said.

The nursing home, on Middle Ridge Road just over the county line, has 81 “certified beds,” according the Medicare records, with 73 residents listed with the state as of August, ODH records show.

Pollock said, if necessary, an ombudsman from the Ohio Department of Aging will help Broadfield residents in relocating to places where they feel comfortable.

Johnson said Broadfield employees are working to relocate the residents.

“We have and will continue to take measures to help our residents with this transition,” she said.

Johnson did not reveal why the nursing home is closing, but said the 90-day notice to the state will not affect the care provided at Broadfield Manor.

“It is important to note that this will not in any capacity affect the services for the developmentally disabled clients located at the same address,” she said.