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Residents in time crunch to vacate assisted living facility

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The White House facility is under a temporary license suspension from the state. The White House facility is under a temporary license suspension from the state.
FORT PAYNE, AL (WAFF) -

An assisted living facility in DeKalb County has been issued a temporary license suspension by the state. Now, residents are being forced to find other accommodation.

The suspension was issued Tuesday afternoon to the operators of The White House assisted living facility in Fort Payne.

In the order, state health officials maintain discrepancies dealing with the disbursement of medications, medical concerns, and allowing a resident to leave the facility without documentation, among other issues as reasons for the suspension.

The order (PDF) included a mandate that all residents must vacate the facility within 48 hours, meaning that by Wednesday afternoon, a handful residents still inside have one day to make other arrangements.

The son of a resident said finding alternative arrangements for his mother is proving all the more difficult because of her recent stint in hospice care, as not all facilities accept residents who have been on hospice. 

"She's my mother. I'm the only child," said Danny LaMunyon. "I've paid the necessary rents. I take no funding from any source - I pay all the rent. I'm satisfied with the place. Her life is not in danger. I really don't see the emergency."

LaMunyon was told if he doesn't move her, the Department of Human Resources will.

"I'm not physically able," he said. "I've got back trouble and a heart condition and I'm not physically able to see after her at home. It takes 24-hours a day to see after her. She's a dementia patient and I have nowhere to go."

The state health department said it has a surveyor on-site watching over the removal of the residents.

A contested hearing is scheduled between the owners and the state on May 20 in Montgomery.

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