Assisted Living Facility Going Forward With Eviction of 103-Year-Old Woman 02/11/14
February 11, 2014
Midland - The recent story of a 103-year-old woman that was served an eviction notice, now has local officials questioning if there is enough regulations in retirement facilities. On Friday the family was surprised to have received two 24-hour sitters from the Emeritus at Saddleridge Lodge facility which made them believe they could stay. However a call from the company’s lawyer says differently.
Six received a phone call from Saddleridge’s lawyers in Florida saying the facility still plans to go forward with the eviction. CBS 7 also spoke with the Regional Director of the facility Guy Gage, who confirmed as well that they will be going forward with the eviction. Here in the Permian Basin, local ombudsmen are working hard to resolve this case and keep Noma Six in the home.
“Try to find cases that would maybe make it appropriate to surround a law for it to change and have assisted living be a little more accountable,” said resident’s daughter Pam Six.
Which is exactly what ombudsman in Midland are hoping for, they say there needs to be more regulations for those in assisted living home facilities. Currently there are only regulations regarding health and how to take care of residents, other than that people in the facility don’t really have a say in the matter.
“What the regulations say is that the facility itself has to be able to provide everything that the resident needs,” said Department of Aging and Disability Services Media Relations Manager Cecilia Cavuto.
Cavuto continues by saying if the facility can’t provide care for the resident they are probably better off in a nursing home rather than assisted living. CBS 7’s research however shows that there are clauses to those regulations, stating ways a resident can stay where she is and age in place, because moving her could be detrimental to her health.
“Especially for the aging population, you know having to move to different homes or facility, it can be very traumatic for someone that is aging,” said Cavuto.
As for the Six’s, Pam says the eviction process is a headache, but both her and her mother are trying to stay as positive as possible. “She just rolled into the room and we were sitting there and she turns to me and she said, it’ll be okay…so she knows,” said Six.
Officials with Saddleridge say they will begin pursuing the next legal steps in going forth with the eviction process. That includes filing in court, followed by a hearing.
Pam says if the eviction does in fact happen, her mother will live with her.
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