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Plans to shut down assisted living facility are moving forward

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TABOR CITY, NC (WECT) – It appears that plans to shut down Waterbrooke Assisted Living in Tabor City are moving forward.

The State Department of Health and Human Services sent a letter Wednesday declaring its intent to revoke the facility's license.

Some of the issues cited in the letter include bed bugs and roaches, problems with bathing and feeding some residents, and door alarms that didn't work which led to residents wandering outside.

According to official documents, the assisted living facility's license to operate was ordered to suspend at 5 p.m. Saturday, September 22 or "when the last resident placement has been arranged."

The document said the suspension was based on findings from an investigation September 17-20. During this time, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services found "conditions at Waterbrooke Assisted Living present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents and that emergency action is required to protect the residents."

According to a NC Office of Administrative Hearing last month, Judge Beecher R. Gray granted a written temporary restraining order which stopped Waterbrooke's operating license from being suspended Saturday and prevents residents from having to be moved.

The state then lifted the summary suspension at Waterbrooke "based on observations of the conditions in your facility."  The suspension of further admissions to the facility will remain in effect until conditions approve.

Waterbrooke has seen its fair share of troubles. In May of last year, a nursing assistant at the facility was arrested for allegedly engaging in sexual activity with a patient. Also, the wife of a police captain who worked at the home was arrested, accused of stealing pills.

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