Hudson nursing home forced to shutdown by state - KSFY News - Sioux Falls, SD News, Weather, Sports

Hudson nursing home forced to shutdown by state

Posted: Updated:

Putting a family member in a nursing home is a tough decision many will face at some point in their lifetime.

So, imagine being told without any warning the state is shutting down that nursing home and uprooting  your loved one.

The South Dakota Department of Health suspended the license of the Hudson Healthcare Center for repeated deficiencies it said threaten the health and safety of its residents.  While the owner and staff said they gave good care, and the residents were like family.

It basically feels like you're losing your grandma and grandpa. It feels like, they're, you know you've had them here for so long. One day, oh, they're gone, and you're never going to see them again said one staff member.

For the staff at Hudson Healthcare Center, this was more than just a job.

Heather, another staff member added "if I didn't like my job, I wouldn't be here and to me, it's all about the residents, the paycheck's just a bonus."

The staff is sad to lose their jobs, and it's sad for them seeing the residents leave.

"A lot of tears, it's very sad to see them go. They're very scared. They don't want to move. People have been here for years, you know, we have to tell them, I'm sorry, you have to leave, so, it's really hard," said dietician Misty Holstein.

For nursing home owner Joe Ward who runs the business with his wife, it was especially difficult. 

Hudson Healthcare Center owner Joe Ward said "It's killing us, my wife and I were in the office crying a lot, she's been involved with this place for 18 years. I personally owned it and have been a partial owner for 9 years. It's like, watching our family leave, like a death in our family."

The South Dakota Department of Health ordered an immediate shutdown, citing repeated deficiencies.

Ward says he has dedicated his life to the nursing home and is asking family and friends for support. "We're having friends and family, whoever can send us a letter of support, we're accepting them because basically that help will make our case too," Ward said.

"We're not bad caregivers, it makes us look like, smell like and feel like we gave bad care here, we did not. There was no deficiencies that even granted this," Ward said.

KSFY News spoke with some family members who said they were notified to come and pick up their loved ones, and others who happened to find out only by accident upon visiting the home today.  The state asked family members where they would like to move their relatives.  It worked with the Department of Social Services to relocate all of the residents to other homes in the area.

  • Owning Your Outdoors: Tree Care

    Owning Your Outdoors: Tree Care

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:36 AM EDT2014-07-25 13:36:12 GMT
    Doug says that the natural crown line of a tree should be easy to identify.Doug says that the natural crown line of a tree should be easy to identify.
    There are a number of reasons to prune and crown trees. Trees can grow to close to buildings, power lines or sidewalks and become a hazard. Trees can also be crowned and pruned to make them cosmetically more appealing.More >>
    There are a number of reasons to prune and crown trees. Trees can grow to close to buildings, power lines or sidewalks and become a hazard. Trees can also be crowned and pruned to make them cosmetically more appealing.More >>
  • Corsica cleans up after windstorm pummels town

    Corsica cleans up after windstorm pummels town

    Monday, July 28 2014 12:13 AM EDT2014-07-28 04:13:28 GMT
    While many were dealing with a wet Saturday, folks in the Central South Dakota community of Corsica faced gale force winds that left plenty of damage in their wake.More >>
    While many were dealing with a wet Saturday, folks in the Central South Dakota community of Corsica faced gale force winds that left plenty of damage in their wake.
    More >>
  • Avera Medical Minute ASL: relieving pain with hysterectomy

    Avera Medical Minute ASL: relieving pain with hysterectomy

    Sunday, July 27 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-07-28 02:50:16 GMT
    It's not the easiest topic to discuss and no woman will tell you her cycle is a joyful experience. But for Wendy Mehlhaff, every month was accompanied by pain and discomfort.More >>
    It's not the easiest topic to discuss and no woman will tell you her cycle is a joyful experience. But for Wendy Mehlhaff, every month was accompanied by pain and discomfort.
    More >>
  • Tentative deal reached on VA Reform

    Tentative deal reached on VA Reform

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:23 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:23:52 GMT
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.More >>
    The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans' health care.More >>
  • Gas Station clerk injured in armed robbery

    Gas Station clerk injured in armed robbery

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:07 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:07:07 GMT
    Jackie HolmanJackie Holman
    A Sioux Falls gas station clerk was struck in the head with a handgun during an overnight armed robbery.More >>
    A Sioux Falls gas station clerk was struck in the head with a handgun during an overnight armed robbery.More >>
  • Celebration for Black Hills Cemetery Act

    Celebration for Black Hills Cemetery Act

    Sunday, July 27 2014 2:01 PM EDT2014-07-27 18:01:16 GMT
    Supporters of a bill that transfers ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to local communities celebrated among the living and the dead.More >>
    Supporters of a bill that transfers ownership of nine historic cemeteries in the Black Hills from the federal government to local communities celebrated among the living and the dead.More >>
  • 2014 Mike Miller Night of Hope

    2014 Mike Miller Night of Hope

    Sunday, July 27 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-07-27 04:14:24 GMT
    Sioux Falls was filled with some big name professional athletes Friday night for the Mike Miller Night of Hope benefiting the Sanford Children's Hospital.Sioux Falls was filled with some big name professional athletes Friday night for the Mike Miller Night of Hope benefiting the Sanford Children's Hospital.
    Sioux Falls was filled with some big name professional athletes Friday night for the Mike Miller Night of Hope benefiting the Sanford Children's Hospital.More >>
    Sioux Falls was filled with some big name professional athletes Friday night for the Mike Miller Night of Hope benefiting the Sanford Children's Hospital.More >>
  • Wind, hail brings widespread damage in Douglas County

    Wind, hail brings widespread damage in Douglas County

    Saturday, July 26 2014 11:45 PM EDT2014-07-27 03:45:21 GMT
    Strong wind and large hail hit parts of Douglas County near Corsica. More >>
    Strong wind and large hail hit parts of Douglas County near Corsica. More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KSFY. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service or our EEO Report.