Families Reel from Pending Nursing Home Closure

By: Tametria Conner Email
By: Tametria Conner Email

Many family members are scrambling to find placement for their loved ones with Guardian Angel Health Care, which operates a nursing home in Marion, and is on the verge of closing. Its Medicaid contract will expire Nov. 1.

State health officials met with family members to help with the process. And they say they are only required by law to give a 15-day notice to the facility.
Some called that a ridiculously short length of time.

While state health officials were reluctant to discuss inspections results that included citations of alleged abuse, the bottom line is the clock is ticking for family members to find another place for their loved ones.

"My father's dead. It's my only relative and this put me in a real state of shock," said an upset Wayne McInnis, whose mother resides at Guardian Angel. "I didn't know anything about this facility closing until last night when I saw it on the news. I have not received anything, any mail, no paperwork, no calls."

Don McNair said Meridian nursing homes are full and he had to find placement in Jackson for his aunt.

"And then to be evacuated by November 1, which is only several days to find residency or to provide for your family or loved ones to come to your house, and that's just not enough time," said McNair.

McInnis said he was lucky to find placement for his mother locally.

"They had one bed left for an elderly lady and I got my mother signed in over there, so they're transferring her today," said McInnis.

Good for him, but not so good for others who may be on waiting lists, or just plan out of luck.

"I panicked," said Johnnie Delk, a concerned family member. "And I don't know right now where I am going to put my mom. I put in three applications, but I haven't got any response for any of them."

This is just the latest problem for the owner of the nursing home, Dr. Paulette Butler, with whom Newscenter 11 spoke Monday about the pending closure.

You may recall that, earlier this year, Butler was removed as administrator for Newton Regional Hospital after numerous complaints by employees about the job she was doing there.

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  • by unknown Location: ms on Mar 20, 2010 at 09:59 AM
    Everyone who becomes involved with Paulette Butler should be aware. Please stay away from this woman because she is a crook. She will take your loved ones benefits .She never gives employees raises. She cheats medicare and medicaid. Falsifys documents,and the like. IF you are involved with her, get away from her fast as you can.
  • by Janice Location: Meridian on Oct 30, 2008 at 04:46 AM
    there have been several allegations of abuse with my Aunt at Guardian Angel so the lady in your news story this morning is by no means "crazy" as they say. On both occasions, the abuse was bought to my attention by the STAFF. I had to sign a document telling them that I wanted the abuse reported to the state. My aunt doesn't speak well but she was able to describe the individual that choked her and she repeated how she was choked to 3 individuals on 3 separate occasions. So abuse does exist at this facility. I was told that the employee was terminated but later rehired. And the way they had the residents lined up in wheel chairs on yesterday was a signt to see (per my neice who went and got our belongings). Their items were just thrown in big garbage bags....family was not even allowed to pack up correctly. This situation is very sad but we have been placed at another facility.
  • by unhappy and very concerned on Oct 29, 2008 at 04:21 PM
    open your eyes things are never as they seem these people are being pulled away from their homes some will stay near some will go far some wont know where they are reconize nothing familiar to them some even cry as they are being pulled away this is a tragedy because you have people loosing their homes not to mention the people that work there that are loosing there jobs what will they do for christmas what about the children this hurts a lot of people not just the elderly I am sure everyone is not guilty of whatever went on there sometimes the good go down with the bad keep that in mind dont jump to so many conclusions if it were that bad trust there would have been licence revocked and people in jail the witch hunt is over think of the elderly it is not that many beds in mdn where will they go pray for them and their families to find a safe place that they will be happy in
  • by becca Location: ms on Oct 29, 2008 at 02:28 PM
    It is so rediculous that the very people we entrust our elderly to are the ones that deceive us and them. I had heard rumors about this place, but it appears to be such a nice place, I never believed them. God bless the patients and their families.
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