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Closing of MicAnd Assisted Living means residents will have to move

Pat Newman, left, and Sandra Lamb of MicAnd Assisted Living.

MicAnd Assisted Living has notified state regulators that it will be closing, forcing the relocation of its 57 residents.

Officials said the Spotsylvania County home will close at the end of the month, though they promise to remain open until all residents have found a new home.

“We’re not in that big a hurry to go,” said Pat Newman, the owner of the business. “When everybody is placed, and we are satisfied with that placement, then we will go.”

MicAnd is located on Onyx Court, off U.S. 1, near Massaponax. Dr. Abdul Durrani, a  Hopewell psychiatrist, owns the building and leases it to Newman and MicAnd. Between 20 and 25 people work there.

Newman said Durrani has not been able to find another lessee to keep the home open. Durrani could not be reached for comment.

“My wish is that another licensee will step up and stop this,” Newman said

Newman said last week that she and Sandra Lamb, the administrator, have started placing residents in new homes. She said some will be re-evaluated and moved to area nursing homes. Others will go to private residences, and the remainder will go to assisted living facilities in Fredericksburg, Culpeper and Williamsburg.

“The transition hasn’t been as tough as we thought,” Newman said. “Because of the economy, everybody has beds to fill.”

One of the residents, 90-year-old Harold Payne, has lived at MicAnd for four years. Loretta Rigsby, his friend, took him last week to see other homes in the area. Rigsby said she and Payne visited Emeritus at Wilburn Gardens, Greenfield of Fredericksburg and Hughes Home. All three had vacancies, Rigsby said.

MicAnd Assisted Living has 57 residents.

Rigsby said Payne is undecided what he will do. He may move to the Waynesboro area where he has family. At least one of the homes promised to match what Payne has been paying at MicAnd, Rigsby said. Payne has been a private-pay resident at MicAnd.

About 75 percent of the residents there are supported by Medicaid, the state/federal insurance program, Newman said. MicAnd is unusual among area homes in the number of Medicaid clients it accepts.  Most assisted living homes take few, if any, Medicaid residents, preferring instead the more lucrative private-pay patients. MicAnd’s private-pay rate was $2,250 per month for a semi-private room, Newman said. Medicaid pays about $1,140 per month.

MicAnd Assisted Living is located on Onyx Court in Spotsylvania.

Both Newman and Lamb are registered nurses and trained in health care administration, Newman said. Both are in their 60s. When they took over the home four years ago, they moved to Spotsylvania and were available at all hours to help their staff, Newman said. Now they live in West Point, she said.

“We’re tired. We’re too far away, and a business like this you have to have some hands on,” Newman said.

The Virginia Department of Social Services regulates assisted living centers. Laura Lunceford, the inspector responsible for MicAnd, could not be reached for comment.

Update, 2:30 p.m.: 

The Virginia Board of Nursing reprimanded Newman in May for matters involving one of the residents of MicAnd.

The board said that Newman admitted a resident to the home who had dementia and other mental health problems. The incident happened in September 2010. After a disciplinary hearing, the board found that Newman:

* Failed to document the diagnoses and prior mental hospitalizations on the resident’s service plan.

* Did not inform the staff of the diagnoses.

* Did not ensure that the staff was trained to provide the required care.

* Did not refer the resident for counseling after an increase in his self-injurious behaviors.

Newman said this afternoon that her decision to close the home was not related to the state’s disciplinary action.

“It all had to do with paperwork,” she said, of the reprimand. “It didn’t have anything to do with physical care.”

Update, 4:40 p.m.:

The Virginia Department of Social Services has decided not to answer any questions about MicAnd. Melissa Perdue, assistant director of public affairs, offered an email statement Monday afternoon, saying that the department is monitoring the placement of residents in new homes.

“As of Friday, July 13, 27 placements have been secured with several others pending,” the statement said.

Update, 8:30 p.m.:

Loretta Rigsby said tonight that Harold Payne has chosen Greenfield, “so it’s a happy ending for now.”
She said Greenfield agreed to  match the $2,250 monthly cost Payne is charged as a private-pay resident at MicAnd.