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DHSS Press Release

Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Carl Kanefsky, Communications Director
(302) 540-4979, Pager

Date: June 9, 2010


WILMINGTON - In order to ensure the safety and well-being of the 32 residents of the Carvel nursing home unit of the Delaware Psychiatric Center (DPC), officials are making immediate living arrangements for the clients. A mechanical failure in the unit's boiler led to a minor explosion Tuesday afternoon, leaving the unit without hot water. No one was in the boiler room at the time and there were no injuries.

"Our main goal is to keep the residents healthy and safe," said Rita M. Landgraf, Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services." We're assessing each of the residents needs and will make the most appropriate placements in accordance with their care plans and their families."

Until all of the residents are placed, hot water is being imported from other units at DPC. An extended lack of hot water can lead to basic health and safety issues.

Some staff of the Carvel nursing home unit will accompany residents to other facilities to assist in the transition. Remaining staff will move to other units at DPC. Other resources, including medical services, will also follow residents.

Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.