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Assisted living facility's license suspended after abuse complaint

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Regency Manor now has to help other agencies find a safe place for their residents. Regency Manor now has to help other agencies find a safe place for their residents.
GURLEY, AL (WAFF) -

A Tennessee Valley assisted living facility is closing its doors after their license was suspended.

The Regency Manor Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility in Gurley has been given an emergency closure order after a complaint investigation. 

Regency Manor Specialty Care Assisted Living Facility has had their license suspended since Dec. 9.  This after a survey was conducted by the Alabama Department of Public Health on Nov. 21. According to them, the operation poses a danger to the public health, safety or welfare of its residents.

"There were multiple violations of our rules for a specialty care facility, said Medical Director/Bureau Director with the Department of Public Health, Dr. Walter Geary.  

He said the survey was a standard re-inspection (those are done every few years) and a complaint survey. The complaints alleged abuse, neglect, weight loss and bruising of residents. The complaint goes on to say 6 of 12 residents have experienced significant weight loss and the weight loss is current an ongoing.

"They are authorized to care for people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease so they can't really speak up for themselves," he said.  "We've presented our findings to upper management and our legal staff and we all agree that the best thing to do to protect the residents would be to do an emergency closure." 

Regency Manor now has to help other agencies find a safe place for their residents within 48 hours where they can have all care needs met. Geary said they had problems with the facility twice over the past eight years, but nothing to this magnitude and these allegations are the final straw.

"What we have told the operators at this facility is that we are not willing to give them another chance," he said.  "We are going to ask them to either close or send in their license certificate or they can lease or sell the property."

Monique, the Administrator of Regency Manor told us off camera the allegations were rumors started by a disgruntled employee.  She said she's optimistic that everything will work out.

A contested case hearing to determine whether to permanently revoke the license here has been scheduled for January 13th.

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