Longtime Fort Worth nursing home closes down

FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth nursing home in continuous operation for more than half a century shut its doors this weekend to make way for an expansion of the Cook Children's Healthcare System.

The Fort Worth Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1000 Sixth Ave. was sold approximately a year and a half ago but was leased back to the original owners until they could find a suitable place to relocate residents, said owner Dick Stebbins.

The home has 130 licensed beds and had 52 residents as of Dec. 27, according to state documents.

"It's almost sad," said Stebbins, who first started working at the nursing home in 1969 and later became an owner. "We served our last meal on the 30th [of December] as the last patients were leaving. We've been open 24 hours a day, serving three meals a day, taking care of Fort Worth's loved ones since 1958."

Stebbins said residents transferred to West Side Campus of Care at 1950 S. Las Vegas Trail in White Settlement.

At the Sixth Avenue location, the state cited the home this summer for six "immediate jeopardy" violations of regulations.

Immediate jeopardy is the most serious violation of regulations and generally means that patients may be at risk of harm if problems are not corrected.

The home was cited for not trying to resolve residents' complaints; not protecting residents from mistreatment, neglect or theft of personal property; and other problems, according to online records. However, records show that all of the deficiencies were corrected within a month.

Stebbins said the citations were generic and that the home has had trouble keeping employees for the past year and a half.

One reason, he said, was that a lack of parking created "instability in the staff."

"We had new employees and just couldn't train them fast enough," he said.

Darren Barbee, 817-390-7126