Health department issues emergency shutdown of Colorado assisted living facility

Renaissance Memory Center in Castle Rock, Colo., was forced to relocate nine patients after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment issued an emergency license suspension, according to a KDVR report.

The state health department received information about the poor conditions at Renaissance Sept. 8, after Castle Rock firefighters received a 911 call to transport one of the facility's residents to an emergency room.

Investigators responded within hours and found several residents lying in their own urine and feces, rodent droppings throughout the home and only one staff member to care for nine patients. The state closed the facility by Sept. 12.

There should have been at least three staff members to care for the patients, many of whom had memory issues and were immobile, said Randy Kuykendall, division director for Colorado's health facilities and emergency medical services.

"There [weren't] any records that [said] the residents had received their medications on time or in the right quantity," Mr. Kuykendall added.

State investigators responded to a complaint about Renaissance in August and found six violations.

Renaissance was one of six assisted living care facilities owned and operated by Colorado residents Kenan and Ashley Fyfe. The couple left Colorado a year ago, before Renaissance caught the attention of state regulators, according to a woman who identified herself as a tenant of the Fyfes.

A new buyer is in the process of taking over the assisted living centers formerly operated by the Fyfes, according to state regulators. Additionally, the town of Castle Rock forwarded a criminal investigation on the Fyfes to the State Attorney General's Office.

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