State shutting down retirement home

Twin Haven Retirement Home will shut down May 31.

The home's license expired last Nov.

30.

But owners Sid and Burma Kindig were permitted to keep the home operating pending the outcome of a due-process rights hearing.

The Arizona Department of Health Services denied relicensure during a Jan.

23 hearing in Phoenix.

Richard Littler, program manager of the office of assisted living licensure, said Wednesday he has received a letter from Sid Kindig dated May 8.

The short letter reads as follows:

"This is to advise you that as of May 31, 03, Twin Haven Retirement Home will close its doors and cease all operations.

License will be sent to you on the 1st of June.

"All records will be kept at Twin Haven Retirement Home until further notice.

The business is currently up for sale.

At time of sale records will be moved, at which time you will be notified."

The phone at Twin Haven Retirement Home was not answered Wednesday or Thursday when calls were placed by the Daily Miner.

A message left on Kindig's home phone was not returned.

State officials investigated complaints about Twin Haven last year and determined residents were abused.

A July complaint found employees providing services the facility is not licensed for, failure to ensure residents were treated with respect and consideration, and failure to ensure residents were free from abuse, neglect, exploitation and physical and chemical restraints.

A complaint in September revealed the nursing home again was providing services it not was licensed to provide, failed to ensure documentation following an accident, incident or injury affecting the health or safety of a resident, and failed to complete a written service plan for a resident admitted in June.

Littler said Kindig has until May 30 to appeal denial of license renewal to the Office of Administrative Counsel.

Overturf, filing clerk with Mohave County Superior Court, said no paperwork asking for judicial review by Kindig had been received as of Wednesday.

"If (Kindig) voluntarily closes the home, presumably he will work with families of the residents to get them moved to other facilities," Littler said.

"If not, it will be done at state expense."

Littler on Thursday was trying to find out how many residents were at Twin Haven.

Kindig's letter to the Arizona Department of Health Services was written the same day a Mohave County grand jury indicted him on seven felony charges.

They include three counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult (Class 4) and four counts of emotional abuse of a vulnerable adult (Class 6).

Conviction on each Class 4 charge could bring a prison sentence of up to three years and nine months.

Conviction on each Class 6 charge could mean up to two years in prison.

Kindig has been ordered to appear in Mohave County Superior Court for arraignment Tuesday.