FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WHNT) - Residents of a Fort Payne assisted living facility have until 3 p.m. Thursday to pack up and move out - and they only received two days notice.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has suspended the license of The White House Assisted Living Facility after an inspection found it was violating several state regulations for homes serving dementia and Alzheimer patients.
The emergency order, issued on Tuesday, cited several infractions, including unlicensed staff members giving patients medication, the use of restraints, failing to develop care plans for residents, and the case of one resident having bed sores.
The facility was initially given until their May 16th hearing to prove they addressed the issues or sell to new owners.
But the emergency order came after an elderly, confused patient wandered out of the facility without caregivers noticing.
It was considered by the state as the last straw.
The eviction order came as a surprise for some people who say their family members were happy and well taken care of.
"When he went to the hospital with pneumonia [my dad] kept saying 'I got to get well to get back to the White House. Tell the White House I'm coming home'," said Rock Stone, whose father recently moved in to the facility.
Danny LaMunyon had similar praises, saying his mother, who had lived at the facility for 18 months, was well taken care of.
LaMunyon is struggling to find a new home for his mother, who is in the care of hospice. He has found a potential facility in Scottsboro, but is worried he won't get approval.
The current owners are in the process of selling the facility to new management.