Laurinburg Exchange | Family fears retaliation by nursing home

LAURINBURG – The family of a patient at a Scotland County nursing home say the facility is evicting their mother in retribution for complaining to state officials.

Willow Place Assisted Living and Memory Care on Stonewall Road has given Deborah Dial until Aug. 10 to find a new home for her mother, Nellie Hatcher.

Dial believes the move is in retaliation for her reporting the home to the state Department of Health and Human Services. The home was cited for 16 infractions earlier this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation found that Willow Place violated numerous state codes concerning patient care and staffing between April and May. Among the violations were inadequate staffing to care for patients, inadequate nutrition and food supply, not following doctors’ instructions and improperly administering medications.

Deborah Dial and her brother James Hatcher were informed by a hand-delivered letter on July 13 of the home’s decision to discharge her mother.

The letter stated, “It is necessary for your welfare and your needs cannot be met in this facility as documented by the resident’s physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner … The reason for this notice of your transfer/ discharge is your needs cannot be met by this facility.”

The letter was signed by Tammie Bullard Administrator of Willow Place.

Repeated messages left for Bullard were not returned.

Dial took the letter to the office of mother’s physician to see whether or not the home had consulted him.

“Doctor Harris has been very helpful since he took our case. I haven’t heard back from them yet, but I don’t think he did this,” Dial said.

Hatcher has diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other medical issues and is a resident in Willow Place’s Alzheimer’s unit.

A conversation she heard being held in the background of a conference call between herself, Bullard, and owner Georgette Johnson led Dial to believe the discharge was a…

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