Largest nursing home in D.C. to close

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by Michael Neibauer, The Examiner

WASHINGTON More than 330 elderly residents of the largest nursing home in the District of Columbia will have to be transferred to other facilities now that the owner has decided to permanently shut down.
Patients of the Beverly LivingCenter, Northwest, at 3333 Wisconsin Ave., and their families have been given the legally required 90-days notice to vacate “” though the move is expected to take much longer.

“We understand that the transition is going to take some time and really require some thoughtful planning,” said Amy Knapp, Beverly LivingCenter spokeswoman. “We are going to keep our doors open until we’ve secured alternative living arrangements for the very last person.”

The 355-bed Beverly Living Center, with 333 patients, has been open for more than 30 years. It was formerly called the Northwest Health Care Center.

Beverly officials met Thursday with the District’s Department of Health and Jerry Kasunic, the D.C. long-term care ombudsman, to discuss discharge plans for patients. As of Thursday, Kasunic said, the company still hadn’t provided a legally required discharge model to ensure safe and orderly transfer of patients to other facilities.

“We made that very clear today,” Kasunic said. “Any nursing home resident has discharge, transfer and relocation rights.”

The ombudsman’s office will actively follow the Beverly closure, Kasunic said.

Joyce D. Jones, the facility’s executive director, said the discharge model is ready. The home’s staff will meet face to face with patients’ families to discuss the impending move, she said.

“We’re working with the ombudsman, with the D.C. Department of Health to make sure that as we complete this depopulation of our building that we ensure that patients get placed in the District,” Jones said.

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