Baycrest Memory Care

COOS BAY — Baycrest Memory Care is shutting down.

In a press release sent Wednesday, Baycrest Memory Care received a notice of intent to have its license revoked by the Oregon Department of Human Services. After getting the notice, Baycrest Memory Care decided to discontinue its operation.

“Bay Area Properties disagrees with the decision by DHS to revoke the license of BCMC because the facility is in regulatory compliance as demonstrated by the finding of its last state survey,” wrote John Heitkemper in an email to The World, president of PR firm Media Cabin that issued the press release.

However, this decision comes after controversy seen in 2015 when DHS slapped Baycrest Memory Care with a “laundry list” of violations.

During that time, The World reported that “the department's Office of Licensing and Regulatory Oversight found multiple violations of 16 different licensing rules during its most recent re-licensure survey, which was conducted from March 24-27.”

Those violations included issues with medication management, sanitation and hygiene failure to meet patients' needs and a lack of documentation and qualifications.

Then in Nov. of 2016, Coos County District Attorney Paul Frasier announced the end of a lengthy investigation into an employee at Baycrest Memory Care who was accused of sexually assaulting Alzheimer patients.

Though the investigation results proved insufficient for prosecution, Frasier ensured that the employee would never work at another care facility again.

“One thing that did come out of this,” Frasier said, as previously reported by The World. “The manager had reasonable suspicion that this was going on. Oregon has a mandatory report law for elder abuse, and she should have reported it. As a consequence, she was cited on four counts on failure to report elder abuse, which is the maximum. She plead guilty and was terminated by the new management company and will not be allowed by DHS to work in another care facility in the state of Oregon.”

“Baycrest Memory Care will be working with each and every current resident to help secure them the highest quality health care available for their transition,” Heitkemper wrote. “It will close officially March 1, 2018.”

According to Heitkemper’s email, the owners and manager of Baycrest Memory Care are working in full cooperation with DHS to find new homes for its residents.

“The plan incorporates elements including communication, resident assessments, outreach with other communities and all applicable government agencies, and specific changes to community operations to incorporate completion of tasks necessary to facilitate safe resident transitions to new communities of their choice,” Heitkemper wrote. “BCMC is proud of the high quality care and services that it has always offered to its residents. The residents at all times have enjoyed safe and enriching living conditions.”

The World reached out to Baycrest Memory Care for comment, but didn't get a response before press time.

Reporter Jillian Ward can be reached at 541-269-1222, ext. 235, or by email at jillian.ward@theworldlink.com. Follow her on Twitter: @JE_Wardwriter.

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