103-Year-Old Woman Served Eviction Notice from Assisted Living Facility 2/06/14
February 6, 2014
Here is a statement by Sabrina Munns, Executive Director, Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge:
We are saddened to report that on January 8, 2014, Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge, a senior living community, was required to issue an eviction notice to one of its residents. This event occurred because this community is unable to meet this residentís specific care needs.
We have been working diligently with this family for an extended period of time exploring every avenue to get this resident appropriately placed in a living arrangement that will meet her needs.
Despite these efforts and several meetings with the residentís family member to resolve the situation, the family has refused to move her. Therefore, we are required, as a last step, to ask the resident to leave the community. We are extremely disappointed that this family has declined our recommendations and assistance.
At the request of the family member involved, the state has investigated this matter and has had no findings against Saddleridge Lodge.
It is always sad when a residentís needs can no longer be met in our community, just like when sometimes their care needs cannot be met at their home any longer and they come to live with us. In this situation we are placing the residentís needs first and are working to resolve the situation so that the resident can move to a setting that is appropriate. We strive to provide the very best care in an environment that respects their dignity and promotes independence, and when we can no longer provide the level of care or service a resident requires, our goal is to partner with the resident and family to identify a solution or alternative setting.
Midland - One family is speaking out after they received an eviction notice sent to their 103-year-old mother at an assisted living facility. Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge says they are unable to meet the residents care needs, but family members say that can't be the case. The facility says the family has until Saturday to move their mother out of her home of eight years, but an appeal from an area agency on Friday could save them 30 extra days.
"They are just trying to find a reason for her to leave and at 103, I think she deserves to continue to age in place," says daughter of resident Pam Six.
In an official statement from the facility, they say "This event occurred because this community is unable to meet the resident's specific care needs."
Six says however, that statement doesn't make sense. "The Texas Health Care Association says that she has hospice and on hospice the facility is not required to meet those medical needs, they just have to dispense her meds every day," said Six.
When asked about what medical needs the facility couldn't meet, they declined to answer, saying discussing topics like that is against company policy. Added in the statement the facility says, "The state has investigated this matter and had no findings against Saddleridge lodge.Ē
According to Pam her mother is not bedfast, and can complete daily activities with very little assistance. The family's biggest concern now, is that moving the elderly can be very difficult both emotionally and physically.
"This has been my momís home for eight years and she adjusted to this well, but we are in a different place from 96 to now being 103, and it would have a huge effect on her now and it could hasten her death," said Six.
Six has also been in contact with state representative Tom Craddick in changing laws for assisted living, and create more regulations that will hold facilities like this accountable.