Long-standing Angel’s Inn Adult Home to close after DOH violations
By JEN JACKSON
PUBLISHED: SATURDAY, JULY 29, 2017 AT 12:30 AM
WATERTOWN — Angel’s Inn Adult Home is closing, and quick, after nearly 70 years of fighting to stay open.
Mary Ryan-Allen started the home, originally Ryan’s Nursing Home, in 1946. Now 93 years old, the owner and operator was faced with a choice — pay hefty fines from the State Department of Health or shutter the supervised care facility.
Established as a 40-bed nursing home and reduced over the years to a 24-bed supervised care facility, Angel’s Inn is now down to five residents and 14 employees.
“After seventy years it’s pretty heartbreaking,” Mrs. Ryan-Allen said. “It’s been a wonderful place that has made a lot of people happy.”
Two of the last five residents have already moved out, and Mrs. Ryan-Allen expects the remaining three will be out by today.
The exact nature of the violations found by the DOH is unclear, but a spokesperson for the department said they are the result of a recent recertification survey.
A statement from the DOH reads, “the Department identified serious deficiencies at Angel’s Inn which included systemic breakdown in the operations of this facility. The department is working with the operator of the facility to resolve these issues. The Department will continue to hold Angel’s Inn and other providers who violate regulations accountable for their actions.”
The DOH declined to comment further due to an “ongoing investigation.”
According to Mrs. Ryan-Allen, to stay in operation, the home was told to pay a $50,000 lump sum and $1,000 a day in fines. She has faced similar fines and battles with the state in the past, but said this time she chose not to fight it.
“I’m going to sell and hopefully those people (who buy it) will be able to reopen it,” Mrs. Ryan-Allen said.
Mrs. Ryan-Allen has fought for ownership and operation of home for decades, since divorcing her first husband and co-owner Robert D. Ryan in the 1970s.
The 7,500-square-foot Pine Street adult home, which has the capacity to house up to 24 people in its 17 rooms, has had its share of state Department of Health violations and subsequent fines for many years.
Angel’s Inn faced $21,975 in fines in 2014 for structural and maintenance violations, and in that same year went through three home administrators. At the time, the home noted to a Times reporter that none of the violations was in regard to patient care.