Officials with Guardian Angel Nursing Home in Marion admit they've had some problems. But they say they don't believe the problems warrant closing the facility.
Dozens of families are scrambling to find a new place for their loved ones to live and get the medical care they need.
But Margaret Moffite says it would have been only a matter of time before Guardian Angel shut down.
Moffite says her mother, Hazel Ann Robinson, stayed there for three months in 2007 for rehabilitation after her second stroke. Moffite said her mother was 65 and had Alzheimer's disease.
"I don't fault them for her death, but I'm just saying that, I go by Guardian Angel, and I remember how they had that woman going to the doctor and they just didn't take care of my mama," Moffite said.
"And the abuse of residents? Well, that was not substantiated. That was unsubstantiated. But it was a claim. I mean, all these are claims, right? But they're unsubstantiated, any allegations of abuse, neglect or anything of that nature," said Paulette Butler of Guardian Angel Nursing Home.
To clarify, there is a hospice unit under the Guardian Angel umbrella, in addition to the nursing home. The hospice facility is not closing.
Another health care provider is slated to lease the Guardian Angel Nursing Home building and re-open a nursing facility. But Newscenter 11 was told
it will not carry the name of Guardian Angel.
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