JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- After dozens of residents were forced to evacuate from a retirement home following an extended power outage, some of those residents are expected to be coming back soon.
Of the 46 residents at Junction City Retirement and Assisted Living, 17 independent residents will be moved back in between Monday and Wednesday. All will get tested for COVID-19.
The Oregon State Fire Marshal says the facility now meets the state's electrical, maintenance and occupancy requirements.
“The health and safety of our residents are our top priorities, and we appreciate their patience during this time," said Caitlin VanDerSchaaf, regional vice president of Frontier Management, the company that manages the facility. "Our team worked diligently to address the electrical and maintenance issues caused by the power outage -- and collaborated closely with the Oregon State Fire Marshal to ensure our independent living residents returned to a safe environment."
The facility has also been in the news recently after now-former caregiver Noelle Jendraszek, 25, was arrested on tens of counts and released pending further investigation.
Police said she admitted to stealing jewelry and withholding medications from residents at multiple facilities over the past five years.
Assisted living residents are not moving back at this time. The home is waiting for the state to approve their license. About 90% of residents plan to return. At this time, assisted living residents remain at Lone Oak Assisted Living.
"Our focus now is to work cooperatively with the Department of Human Services to ensure our assisted living residents return to a community that provides high-quality, dignified care,” VanDerSchaaf said.