Iowa’s largest assisted living center changing its status to avoid state oversight
By Associated Press
11:31 AM CDT, July 13, 2009
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa regulators are expressing concern over plans by Iowa’s largest assisted living center to change its status to avoid future government oversight and regulation.
The Dubuque Retirement Community houses 116 seniors. The home’s owner, Assisted Living Concepts, is giving up a state license to operate as an assisted living center and wants to operate the building as an apartment complex.
Although residents of the home who are dependent and need medical assistance will be able to stay in the building and pay for 24-hour health care, state health inspectors won’t be visiting the home and checking on the quality of care being delivered.
Assisted Living Concepts CEO Laurie Bebo says residents are happy about the change. However, Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals spokesman David Werning says there is concern Assisted Living Concepts is doing an end run around state regulations.
Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com