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Owners abandon Mount Gilead adult care home

Posted January 25, 2013

— Dozens of residents in a Montgomery County adult care home have had to find new places to live this week after the home's owners allegedly abandoned them.

Department of Health and Human Services officials said Amy and Larry Patton informed them Tuesday they would have to close the Tillery Chase home because of delays in payments from the state Medicaid office. Local and state officials started helping the couple wind down operations, but Gov. Pat McCrory said Friday that they then skipped out on their 47 frail residents in the middle of the night Wednesday.

"We understand they just came in and took the computers and left," McCrory said during an appearance at a North Carolina Association of County Commissioners meeting in Raleigh. "We want to compliment the staff who came in to work and stuck around to help these people."

Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS generic DHHS wants to ensure no other adult care home owners skip out

DHHS spokeswoman Julie Henry said computers, televisions and an ice maker were gone when staff came to work Thursday morning.

"The residents woke up and had no idea what was going on,” Henry said.

Montgomery County officials and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office worked with a state crisis team to find new places for all of the residents by Thursday night, she said.

DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos has created a task force to figure out how to make sure the situation cannot happen again.

No charges have been filed against the Pattons, who also own two Guilford County adult care homes that closed. Both of those facilities provided notice before shutting down.

Tillery Chase was threatened with having its license revoked in November after a complaint investigation.


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  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 1, 2013

    superman - "If you have medicare or private insurance you would know that it takes them about 6 months or longer to pay insurance claims."

    That's the nature of their business. If one isn't prepared financially to deal with that, they have no business getting into it in the first place.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Feb 1, 2013

    You know, dogs care for their own kind better than this.

    Praying for those affected.

  • superman Jan 28, 2013

    If you have medicare or private insurance you would know that it takes them about 6 months or longer to pay insurance claims. How would you like to have to wait six months to get paid?

  • wyzynidl Jan 25, 2013

    You people sound ridiculous! I mean, like really. I did not hear anyone of you talking about how medicaid hasnt paid them for months. You have to remember, this is a business regardless, and the state is not paying. You people should understand more with facts. The state feels it is okay to pay whenever, but sets laws that makes the business have to pay out. Want all yall chip in and pay those fees!

  • miseem Jan 25, 2013

    . And you are getting these "facts" from where? Always been cost/benefit analysis on medical treatment. Limited funds, spend 1 milliion on questionable unproven treatments on one person or treat 100 with evidence based protocols? Sounds like you want the tax payers or the insurance company to ignore best practices and pay according to your extensive medical knowledge.

  • Dollars-and-Sense Jan 25, 2013

    Well, well, well....Larry Patton was convicted of embezzlement in 2002. (See Offender Search on DOC's website) They currently owe over $2.5 million in various taxes, fines & interest. This is not an issue of underfunding by Medicaid. It clearly looks like bad management and unscrupulous business practices. Them taking the computers indicates their attempt to hide some financial wrong doing. The State needs to beef up the financial monitoring of Adult Care Homes.

  • miseem Jan 25, 2013

    Amen, jankenpie

  • newornamentals Jan 25, 2013

    I know liberals don't acknowledge facts as truth but please do your research folks. The Pattons are Dem donors...which means they supported ___ for Pres? They are merely ahead of the coming curve that is leading to Barrycare "Death Panels". Yes, those are real and I have actually read the Act. Have you? The Pattons are showing core Obamic values and you didn't even realize it? If you look how Obama and Biden have treated veterans, look how their new regulations are denying procedure and new drugs to seniors, in effect giving seniors a death penalty.

  • Uhavenoclu Jan 25, 2013

    Well my family has ignored me and abandoned me pretty much my whole life and I've done good and probably better then most of them have,if they are still here?.

  • sendusmessage Jan 25, 2013

    Surprise, surprise, they are tax cheats also: http://www.digtriad.com/video/default.aspx?bctid=2114844939001