After 70 Years, Angel's Inn Adult Home Is ClosingPosted: Updated:
Since 1946, Mary Allen has owned and operated Angel's Inn Adult Home on Pine Street in Watertown. But after decades of caring for people, it's closing, employees are losing their jobs and residents are losing their homes.
"People have been moving their families to wherever they can find places for them, but I don't want to close it - it's my means of income," said Allen.
But the state says the business has problems.
In an email to 7 News, the state Health Department says as a result of a recent recertification survey, it identified serious deficiencies at Angel's Inn which included systematic breakdown in the operations.
Allen says she doesn't know what those deficiencies are and isn't really clear on why the state is telling her to close.
"They gave me no reason for closing it. Other homes were closing. I didn't have an administrator at one time, but I got an administrator," she said.
At one point, the inn had as many as 24 patients. Now, that number is down to five.
The state says it's willing to work with Angel's Inn to resolve the issues, which could be expensive.
Allen says with not as many patients as she use to have, it would be tough to pay for the fixes.
Allen says the state wants her business closed by October.
But she's doing it quicker, she says, to avoid fines.
So the five residents will be out by Monday and those families are left trying to find new homes for their loved ones.