State Health Dept. Approves Plan To Close Fairchild Nursing Home

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM EDT

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State Health Dept. Approves Plan To Close Fairchild Nursing Home

June 14, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2011 at 8:29 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (June 13, 2011- RELEASE) – The New York State Department of Health (DOH) today announced that it has approved a plan for the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home in Lewiston to close and cease operations.

According to the approved plan, all of the nearly 80 residents will be relocated to other nursing home facilities as soon as possible. Every resident will have the option of remaining in a facility in Niagara County, if they choose to do so.

DOH has surveyed the area’s nursing homes to determine vacant bed count, and will make every effort to place residents in an appropriate facility and level of care as close to the Fairchild Manor Nursing Home as possible.

“The Department of Health will be working to minimize the impact of this closure as much as possible while ensuring that every current resident has options to receive the appropriate care,” said State Health Commissioner Nirav R. Shah, M.D., M.P.H.

DOH will work closely with the leadership from the nursing home to monitor activities as the closure plan commences. This work will include onsite daily visits and daily correspondence. The nursing home will continue operations until the last resident is safely relocated to the most appropriate placement site.