The Fire Code Strikes Again
And the squeeze on non-governmental services — most notably from the Roman Catholic diocese — pushes another one over the edge:
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has told a state nursing home association that it is closing St. Francis House, its assisted-living center at 167 Blackstone St. later this year, a spokeswoman for the association said. …
Mary K. Talbot, of the Rhode Island Association of Facilities and Services for the Aging, said the diocese told the association it would cost $250,000 to $500,000 to bring the center into compliance with the state fire code.
WPRI has more details:
It serves 46 low-income elderly residents who require assistance with normal daily activities, but do not qualify for nursing home care.
To achieve full compliance with fire code regulation in Rhode Island, the St. Francis House would need $500,000 in immediate upgrades to the sprinkler and fire alarm system.
In addition, officials say that low reimbursement rates for patient care at the facility has caused St. Francis House to incur monthly deficits of $10,000.
Yes, many of these suborganizations were struggling already, but that’s nothing new to charitable groups, and $500,000 is more than four years worth of $10,000 monthly losses.
By the way:
St. Francis House employs 22 full- and part-time employees.