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After years of racking up violations, state shuts down Richmond assisted living facility

By: - October 26, 2018 7:09 pm

Jones & Jones at 7804 and 7806 Forest Hill Ave. in Richmond is largely shielded from view by a line of tall trees.

The Department of Social Services has started relocating residents of Jones & Jones Assisted Living in Richmond after shutting down one of the facility’s two buildings, NBC12 reports.

Jones & Jones has been open for decades and racked up hundreds of violations from DSS, but has remained opened, even after the owner had her license revoked because she was allegedly using residents’ money to gamble at casinos and go on vacations. The Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney is currently investigating the facility and the owner, Mable Jones.

Earlier this year, one resident committed suicide and the state determined that Jones & Jones had accepted him even though it couldn’t provide him adequate care. And in May, another resident died in what the state referred to as “preventable circumstances.”

The facility, located on Forest Hill Avenue, has two licenses for its two buildings. The status of both have been under appeal this year, as the state has determined they shouldn’t be renewed while Jones has appealed the decisions.

NBC12 reports that the 7804 Forest Hill Ave. building is being shut down and its 50 residents relocated.

Earlier this month, 98 residents lived in both buildings, according to DSS.

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Katie O'Connor
Katie O'Connor

Katie, a Manassas native, has covered health care, commercial real estate, law, agriculture and tourism for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond BizSense and the Northern Virginia Daily. Last year, she was named an Association of Health Care Journalists Regional Health Journalism Fellow, a program to aid journalists in making national health stories local and using data in their reporting. She is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, where she was executive editor of The Flat Hat, the college paper, and editor-in-chief of The Gallery, the college’s literary magazine.