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The fate of a Topeka adult care facility now rests in the hands of a federal judge.
Last week, the state took away the license of Topeka Community Healthcare Center due to failing to meet state and federal standards.
TCHC then filed a lawsuit seeking an emergency injunction blocking federal and state officials from cutting off its funding.
Thursday afternoon, a federal judge denied the facility’s motion for a temporary restraining order.
The judge also said TCHC has until the close of business on July 26th to respond to the state’s motion to dismiss the suit.
One former TCHC resident’s family member, at the hearing today, says their loved one’s condition has improved since moving out of the facility.
“So when we moved her over, she’s doing really well. You just won’t believe with the dementia she’s going through….she’s made a dramatic difference. She can tell you her name, where she was born, stuff that she couldn’t tell me before. But for some reason, it triggered over here, I gotta tell you… she’s a lot happier and I gotta tell you I’m much happier too,” Betty Hunt said. “I want justice, I want justice for everyone in there. Both staff… lower case staff… and the residents. Because all of these deficiencies have gone on for too long.”
Hunt’s stepmom, Marie Wilson, lived at TCHC for 3 years until she was moved to another nursing home in Topeka last week.
Kansas First News reached out to TCHC’s lawyer for comment. Our message was not returned.
The judge will issue a written order between now and August 12th regarding the case.
To read all the deficiency reports in detail from the state, click here.