The Clarkfield City Council held an emergency meeting last Thursday morning to discuss inadequacies with the Home Care program through the Clarkfield Care Center.
The emergency meeting was enacted after the council received a letter from the Minnesota State Department of Health on Wednesday that listed deficiencies with the Home Care program.
“We as a council don’t know all the rules that Ecumen is aware of,” City Administrator Scott Weske said of the council’s prompt reaction to the letter. “We didn’t want to have only two members relay all the information back to the council.”
The letter listed five deficiencies that included inadequacies in clinical records and skilled nursing services. The Department then gave the Care Center ten days to come up with a plan of corrections.
The deficiencies were discovered through a survey process that was held several months ago, but that process was delayed due to the government shutdown.
Ecumen recommended ending the Home Care system, but the council was not as keen on ending it so soon. Instead, the council agreed to hire consultants to give a second opinion on whether or not the Care Center can clear up all the deficiencies in the alotted time frame or not.
“It is a big deal to Clarkfield and the Care Center, but is low key across the board in real life,” Weske said. “This stuff happens quite often. That is why the consultants have jobs.”
Weske explained that the consultants have a good report and work with the state.
“Their job is to come in, work with people and get them back into working order,” Weske said.