The recent article on the de Groot nursing home has several statements from the state Public Health Department that are misleading and unfounded.
Our family has visited the de Groot facility weekly for more than six years, unannounced and at random times and days. Each time we visited, without exception, we found the children smiling, clean and happy. We can attest to the fact that the children are nurtured and loved individually. We also observed the staff and can state without reservation that they are attentive to the needs of the children. We have witnessed the children engaged in various activities to assist in stimulating them cognitively, socially and emotionally.
In fact, our own teenagers have volunteered in the home and had to schedule their arrival to make sure the children were available, since they were often involved in other activities.
A brief, three-day administrative review from the state cannot reflect the love and care that those at the de Groot home provide; it is our opinion that its assessment is falsely skewed and limited, and we feel outraged and disheartened that it has written such claims in a report to possibly close the home.