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Marion Group Home Loses License

MARION, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- An elder group home in Marion is forced to close its doors after an investigation by the state.

The Department of Inspections and Appeals has revoked the license of Park Setting, after finding dangerous conditions inside.

It really is a family atmosphere, said Dr. Donald Berns, Co-Owner of Park Setting, in an interview back in 2012.

According to the Department of Inspections and Appeals that family atmosphere has turned into something else entirely.

In a Notice of Certificate Revocation, issued Thursday, the state said that continued operation of the home "presents an imminent danger to the health or safety of the tenants".

In that 2012 interview, Dr. Berns and his wife Peggy told us they opened up the home - which was their own residence - as an alternative to assisted living.

We have 1 helper for every 2 residents, which is really unique in comparison to anything else, Dr. Berns said.

According to the suspension orders, those staff members weren't properly trained - neither in fire safety, nor in dependent adult abuse training.

As for the tenants themselves, the order says 4 to 5 of them were confined to their rooms with locks outside their doors. After fire inspectors said that wasn't allowed, documents show the Berns used a board to hold one tenants room shut anyway.

Investigators found the owners also failed to document when tenants fell in the home.

The investigation also revealed that hazardous chemicals weren't stored properly, medications were not being kept in a locked area, there were no physician orders for over the counter drugs, and tenants were prohibited from self-administering medications.

We reached out to Mr. And Mrs. Berns for comment, but didn't hear back from them. A hearing before the department of Inspections and Appeals is set for Tuesday, September 9th at 9am in Des Moines.
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