Delay sought for Golden Living facility that's closing after sexual assault, deficiencies

Alabama state officials are scrambling to get the the move-out deadline extended for residents of a Golden Living Centers facility forced to close its doors early next month.

The Golden Living Centers facility in Trussville, AL, recently lost its Medicare and Medicaid provider agreement after a number of deficiencies, staff issues and a reported sexual assault, the Trussville Tribune reports. According to WIAT.com, the facility was placed on the Special Focus Facilities list for repeat poor performers in 2012, and appeared to be improving until the sexual assault was reported in 2014.

A nurse allegedly saw a resident being sexually assaulted by her son, but did not immediately report the incident. Because the episode had “very little” to do with the facility's overall improvement, it was allowed to continue to operate, according to the Tribune report.

The facility also faced a variety of deficiencies. One one citation was issued after a patient sustained a femur fracture during a transfer made without the use of proper lifting equipment.

All residents must be moved out of the building by January 7, the Tribune reports.

State Rep. Danny Garrett (R) told the Tribune he was working with state agencies, including the regional board of Medicare and Medicaid, to get an extension on the move-out deadline. Jefferson County Commissioner Joe Knight agreed with Garrett's push for a deadline extension.

“I'm very concerned with the short time within which to relocate a family member in a nursing home, especially right here at the Christmas season,” Knight told the Tribune. “I'd ask if there is any way to get an additional 30 to 60 days to relocate these family members.”

A representative for Golden Living Centers did not respond to a McKnight's request for comment by Monday afternoon. In a statement sent to WIAT.com, the company said it's working to provide the “highest quality care” to residents as they transition to their new facilities.

“In light of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) decision to terminate GLC – Trussville participation in Medicare/Medicaid, we are working to transition the patients and residents that have been under our care in that LivingCenter to their new care setting by the January 7 deadline,” the statement reads.