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Rhode Island State Ombudsman, Kathleen Heren, on Nursing Home Closures

May 26, 2022

The Rhode Island State Ombudsman, Kathleen Heren, was interviewed on nursing home closures. Closure concerns are building at Rhode Island nursing homes as another facility shuts its doors ahead of the staff mandate taking effect and funding concerns. When a facility closes, residents and their families tell the Ombudsman program where they would like to be relocated. The State Ombudsman Office then facilitates the process, first by helping residents move their belongings, then by visiting weekly for six weeks to ensure a smooth transition.While the goal is to make it as least impactful as possible, the adjustment can be challenging for some.

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