WEST – Apple Rehab has notified its employees, patients and health regulators of its plans to close its Watch Hill site soon.
Annemarie Beardsworth, a spokesperson for the state Department of Health, which regulates nursing homes in Rhode Island, said officials at the facility have informed the department of their intention to close the facility “in due to problems with registered nurses “. The facility submitted a closure plan that was approved by the state’s health department, Beardsworth said.
Apple Rehab Watch Hill is licensed for 60 beds and currently has 33 people residing there. It is one of two Apple facilities in Westerly. Apple Rehab’s corporate headquarters are located in Avon, Connecticut. The company has more than 20 nursing facilities, all but Westerly’s two are in Connecticut.
Families and residents were told of plans to close the facility on Tuesday, according to Beardsworth. Several workers, who refused to identify themselves, said staff were made aware of the closure plans late last week.
The exact closing date is unclear. Apple headquarters officials did not return messages left Monday and today to seek clarification and comment on this article.
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