State closes assisted-living home

By Bob Shiles -

PARKTON — Parkton Place, formerly Green Manor Rest Home, was forced to close in mid-May after the state Division of Health Services found a number of deficiencies in operations and living conditions that it determined could endanger the health and welfare of residents.

An annual state inspection and survey of the facility from May 11 to May 13 revealed enough deficiencies to warrant the state ordering a suspension of the home’s operating license, Catherine Baker, the adult services program manager for the Robeson County Department of Social Services, told county DSS administrators Tuesday. An administrative law judge in Raleigh on May 19 denied a request from Raintree Healthcare of Parkton LLC, the home’s owner and operator, for a preliminary injunction preventing suspension of its license.

The assisted living home, located at 1165 W. Parkton Tobemory Road, is one of the oldest assisted living homes in Robeson County, Baker said. Ownership of the home has changed several times over the years.

Although problems at the home have been reported in the past, this is the first time the facility has been ordered closed, said Baker.

Social Services employees assisted the state in its efforts to find new homes for the 23 residents who were living at Parkton Place when the rest home closed its doors. The home has beds for more than 80 residents.

The role of county DSS in the closure was to assist the state in safely relocating all the residents to other facilities where their specific needs could be met, Baker said. Most residents were placed in other assisted living facilities, two moved in with family members, and one was in the hospital when the closure took place.

Violations at the home, according to a state report, were identified in several areas, including management and supervision, personal care and supervision of residents, health care of residents, nutrition and food service, and residents’ rights.

“Violations in these areas can be a number of things,” Baker said.

According to evidence presented at the administrative court hearing, 13 of the 19 patients in the home when state employees took the survey were diabetics. These patients were not provided with the special diets important to maintaining their health.

Evidence was also presented stating that “staff showed a pattern of failing to react to serious threats to the health of patients, sometimes inflicting pain, anguish and constituting neglect.” Also, at the time of the survey, there was no vehicle and designated driver to transport patients to physician appointments.

Evidence also was presented that at times there were neither an administrator or an administrator-in-charge in or immediately available to the facility. This left patients supervised solely by non-professional staff.

A reporter’s call to the home earlier this week for comment was not answered.


By Bob Shiles

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

Bob Shiles can be reached at 910-416-5165.

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