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Fifty-seven residents of an assisted living facility in Spotsylvania will have to move when it closes at end of the month.
Pat Newman (left), owner, and Sandra Lamb, administrator, will close MicAnd Assisted Living and are placing current residents.
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Date published: 7/17/2012
MicAnd Assisted Living has notified state regulators that it will close at the end of the month, forcing the relocation of its 57 residents.
Officials at the Spotsylvania County home promised that it will remain open until all residents have found new homes.
"We're not in that big a hurry to go," said owner Pat Newman. "When everybody is placed, and we are satisfied with that placement, then we will go."
MicAnd is on Onyx Court, off U.S. 1, near Massaponax. Dr. Abdul Durrani, a Hopewell psychiatrist, owns the building and leases it to Newman and MicAnd. Between 20 and 25 people work there.
Newman said she is giving up the business voluntarily because it has become too much of a burden. She said Durrani has not been able to find another lessee to keep the home open. He could not be reached for comment.
"My wish is that another licensee will step up and stop this," Newman said.
Newman said that she and Sandra Lamb, the administrator, have started placing residents in new homes. She said some will be re-evaluated and moved to area nursing homes. Others will go to private residences, and the rest will go to assisted living facilities in Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Williamsburg.
"The transition hasn't been as tough as we thought," Newman said. "Because of the economy, everybody has beds to fill."
Employees of the Virginia Department of Social Services, which regulates assisted living centers, refused to answer any questions about MicAnd.
Melissa Perdue, assistant director of public affairs, offered an email statement Monday afternoon, saying that the department is monitoring the placement of residents in new homes.
"As of Friday, July 13, 27 placements have been secured with several others pending," the statement said.
One of the residents, 90-year-old Harold Payne, has lived at MicAnd for four years.
His friend Loretta Rigsby took him last week to see other homes in the area.
Rigsby said she and Payne visited Emeritus at Wilburn Gardens, Greenfield of Fredericksburg and Hughes Home. All three had vacancies, Rigsby said.
Rigsby said last night that Payne had chosen Greenfield, "so it's a happy ending for now."
She said Greenfield agreed to match the $2,250 monthly cost Payne is charged as a private-pay resident at MicAnd.
Assisted living homes provide personal, 24-hour care for adults who are elderly or disabled. Residents usually do not need the level of medical attention that nursing home residents do.
The Virginia Board of Nursing reprimanded Pat Newman in May for matters involving one MicAnd resident.
Newman, the owner of the assisted living center, said Monday that her decision to close the home was not related to the disciplinary action.
"It all had to do with paperwork," she said of the reprimand. "It didn't have anything to do with physical care."
The board said that in 2010 Newman admitted a resident to the home who had dementia and other mental health problems.
The board found that Newman:
Failed to document the diagnoses and prior mental hospitalizations on the resident's service plan.
Did not inform the staff of the diagnoses.
Did not ensure that the staff was trained to provide the required care.
Did not refer the resident for counseling after an increase in his self-injurious behaviors.