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AURORA - Canterbury Gardens, an assisted and independent living facility in Aurora, was forced to shut down their kitchen this week after the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment found serious flaws in sanitation and food preparation.

The inspection began after several complaints came into the department about Canterbury Gardens. The facility is cooperating with the health department by agreeing to "significant repairs and upgrades," said Randy Kuykendall, director of Health Facilities and Emergency Medical Services.

One resident who wished to remain anonymous said he's not surprised by the department's findings.

"Well, things are run down. The carpets are worn out, there are places that aren't repaired. The roof leaks and ice forms on the walkways," the resident said.

There is an ongoing investigation so the department could not elaborate on what specifically shut the kitchen down. They did say the inspection was a full survey of the facility, not just the kitchen.

With the kitchen closed, management at the facility has been asked to bring catered foods in for their residents. Residents who've spoken to 9NEWS say those meals have included fast food breakfast sandwiches and delivered pizzas, and that there aren't many options since the kitchen closed.

The anonymous resident who spoke to 9NEWS says the kitchen opened in limited capacity Saturday morning.

"Five days later they had the kitchen open and cooked a makeshift meal with picnic utensils. Maybe the dishwasher's not working yet," the resident speculated.

The resident said he would move out if he could, but like many others living there, he just can't afford to move.

A full report is inspected in a couple of weeks. Until then, a representative from the health department will remain on-site to ensure repairs are made.

John Gurrieri, acting Executive Director for Canterbury Gardens issued the following statement regarding the inspection:

"Canterbury Gardens is actively working and cooperating with the State Department of Public Health and Environment in connection with their investigation. The Facility is committed to correcting any identified deficiencies, and returning to a full state of compliance with all applicable regulations. Canterbury Gardens takes seriously its role as a provider of Assisted and Independent Living in the State of Colorado.
At all times during this investigation, the Facility has been proactive in minimizing disruption to its resident and staff. Canterbury Gardens wishes to express its appreciation to the entire community it has the privilege to serve for the support and assistance it has received, especially during this past week."

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