Assisted Living Facility Responds to 103-Year-Old Woman Served Eviction Notice 2/7/14
February 11, 2014
Officials with Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge says nothing has changed with the eviction of 103-year-old Noma Six. They say as of now, in order to ensure her safety they have hired two 24 hour sitters to watch over her. The next step for Saddleridge will be to pursue the legal steps and file in court to move Noma out of the facility.
This all comes after the family had high hopes that their mother could live out her life at Saddleridge after receiving the sitters provided by the facility. CBS 7 has spoken with area ombudsman's who say this case sheds light on the fact that there is a lack of regulation in assisted living facilities state wide.
Family members of 103-year-old woman, Noma Six says, just before 9 p.m.Friday evening two women came to her room saying Saddleridge assigned them to be her 24 hour sitters. Because of this family members say there will be no eviction and Noma will stay where she is for now.
Midland - After CBS 7 broke the story that the assisted living home Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge, served an eviction notice to a 103-year-old woman, officials from the facility in Midland are taking their turn to speak out. In fact, they say they have given the family different options to stay, but the family has not complied.
There are two different tasks the facility says the family needs to do, they must hire a certified private sitter as well as complete some paperwork. But the catch is that the family says they, one don't have the money to hire a full time sitter, and two never received the paperwork in the first place.
For the past month Pam Six has been gathering paperwork and researching various state laws in hopes of keeping her 103-year-old mother in her assisted living home. “We are going to dig in our heels and let them take it to court,” Six said.
We did our own digging and found that according to the Department of Aging and Disability Services the facility is not required to keep a resident who is no longer appropriate for the facility. According to the regional director of operations, Guy Gage, that's exactly what happened. “Honestly it’s a sad situation, it is tough to deal with because Mrs. Six has by state regulations, she cannot reside in assisted living.
Added in the statement from Saddleridge they say they have "been communicating with state authorities and Ombudsman and have offered the family several avenues that would allow her to stay." Those include "having the family enlist one-on-one care for their mother and completing the state's required age in place documentation."
Once CBS 7 heard that there were options, we questioned Six as to why they haven’t followed the facilities criteria. “Well first of all, the sitters, we had the first meeting on November eighth, they just came up with it because they knew that we can’t afford it. My mom is on CBS (Community Based Alternative), and her disposable income is $85 a month,” Six said.
As for the documentations, Gage says, “Noma would be able to stay with us, if she would just complete the documentation and for some reason Pam Six has just never done that for her mom.”
However Pam says she hasn't done that because she has never been given the paperwork. “We have not received any offer of any kind, I even told Sabrina that it will affect her mortally if we moved her from this place and that’s why I’m fighting so hard.”
Saturday is the scheduled eviction date for Noma Six, Pam says she has no idea what is going to happen, but if the eviction does in fact happen, her mother will live with her.
Midland – Officials with Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge say they have given options to the family of the 103-year-old woman who was served an eviction notice. The Regional Director of Operations for Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge says they have offered “Age in Place” documents to the family to sign, but they have refused to sign them.
These documents would allow the woman to stay where she is through the rest of her life. However the family says they have never received these documents from the facility. Below is the latest statement from the Executive Director at Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge Sabrina Munns.
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 not licensed to provide the care that this resident requires and it would be a disservice to her for her to stay in the community. Two health-care provider orders are in agreement with that assessment.
We have been working diligently with this resident’s 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.
Over the last several weeks, we have been communicating with state authorities and Ombudsman and have offered the family several avenues that would allow for her to stay in the community – none of which the family has agreed to pursue. These include having the family enlist one-on-one care for their mother and completing the state's required Age in Place documentation.
Despite these efforts and several meetings with the resident’s 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. It is still our hope that they will reconsider.
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 resident’s 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 resident’s 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.