Two children relocated from de Groot nursing home

Sjany de Groot
Sjany de Groot dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Two of the five children receiving care at the de Groot Nursing Home for Children have been relocated, owner Sjany de Groot said Thursday.

The children — a teenage girl and 2-year-old boy — were moved because state health officials recently determined the San Luis Obispo-based home no longer qualified to participate in the state’s Medi-Cal program.

With the loss of funding, de Groot had to lay off her six paid staff members, including a daughter who also lives at the facility.

“I feel very lonely,” Sjany de Groot said Thursday. “I was very depressed yesterday to see them go because the kids really need our care. I have to let them go.”

The provider agreement between the California Department of Public Health and the de Groot home, which was licensed as an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability, ended Wednesday.

In addition, de Groot decided to forfeit her license as of Thursday. The facility was licensed for up to 15 children.

De Groot said the teenage girl was relocated to another facility in San Luis Obispo County a few days ago. The toddler left Wednesday.

De Groot declined to share any information about where the children are now receiving care, and a spokesman for the public health department said the information also was not available, citing patient confidentiality.

“Both the Tri-Counties Regional Center and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) ensured the clients were placed in the appropriate facilities,” spokesman Corey Egel wrote in an email.

De Groot said she has legal guardianship of the three other children and will continue caring for them. De Groot — who turns 87 Friday and has cared for children at her Buchon Street home since 1980 — vowed to keep working.

“I cannot say I’m closed,” de Groot said. “This is my home. We are still open if people really need homes.”

After a visit to the de Groot home this summer, state public health officials filed a 94-page report citing numerous deficiencies.

Their report, based on a three-day survey of the home, included problems found in earlier visits that in some cases — including outdated physical and dental exams — have gotten worse.

They gave de Groot until Sept. 30 to submit a plan of correction that the state deems acceptable or face termination from the Medi-Cal program.

De Groot submitted two plans of correction, but both were denied by the state department’s health and human services agency.

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