GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The State Department of Human Services says the Caring Meadows Living Center in Grand Rapids needs a license to operate legally, but now won't give it one.
Target 8 investigators obtained the DHS licensing report on the facility at 1001 Lafayette SE and found that last fall, its investigators concluded that it was operating illegally and had to be licensed as an Adult Foster Care home or a Home for the Aged.
Caring Meadows applied, but the report says it has not followed through on submitting paper work it started to send. DHS says if Caring Meadows continues to operate, it could go to court to try to shut down the living center.
Co-owner Marva Townsend was surprised when Target 8 told her that the State Department of Human Services is refusing to give her facility a license.
"I thought we were probably 45 days away from licensing," Townsend said.
The City of Grand Rapids last week condemned the building after it says it found only one working toilet for 15 residents. That and other plumbing problems have to be fixed in a week or the City will shut it down.
Monday, Target 8 investigators toured the public areas of Caring Meadows and found at least four toilets in working order. They were clean, contrary to what state licensing agents say they found when they were in the building, and the place smelled OK.
Target 8 did not see inside residents' private rooms.
"We're providing a good environment. There's nobody in danger of anything," Townsend said.
The DHS report says inspectors also found some neglect, citing one resident who claimed he sat on his floor all night because he fell and no staff people showed up to help him.
Townsend says the man has behavioral problems and poured urine around his room. She says she was working to have him moved somewhere else when she says he made up the story.
Townsend says there is one staff person on duty during sleeping hours and two-and-a-half during the day.
"We're being portrayed to be in here housing people in unsanitary conditions and that's not true," Townsend said. "We're a good place. We're a good facility and we want to provide the good services to the people."
There are only a couple of plumbing issues to fix to avoid a shutdown.
DHS says Caring Meadows can appeal the licensing refusal. Townsend said she plans to do that.
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