HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — An assisted living facility in Henry County has announced an abrupt closure, citing losses from the pandemic that they couldn’t recover from.
Tawnia Perdicho told Channel 2 investigative reporter Ashli Lincoln that she felt it was a slap in the face when reading a letter sent to staff announcing that the Monarch Villa assisted living facility will be closed by June 2.
“I was shocked because nothing to me indicated that anything was going on,” Perdicho said.
The letter states Monarch Villa has been “significantly” impacted by the pandemic and labor challenges.
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Perdicho says the facility houses those living with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
“The families and the residents are the ones suffering right now,” she said.
Perdicho worked at the facility as a CNA Med Tech since January. She says before this letter, she got zero warning from management about operational struggles.
“There are people in here and this was their main income and this was all they had,” she said.
American Health Care Association reports that since the pandemic, nearly 1,000 nursing homes have closed across the county, as a result of staffing challenges.
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An employee with the assisted living facility that specializes in memory care, confirmed with Channel 2 Action News they are closing.
Lincoln went to the facility in person, and management on-site said they were unable to comment.
Records from Henry County’s Superior Court’s Real Estate Division shows the deed name on record is for LBC Stockbridge Properties LLC. Records show the company owes more than $87,000 according to combined amounts from two tax documents.
Monarch Villa is owned by Willow River Senior Living based in Stillwater, Minnesota. Channel 2 Action News left messages with Stillwater and no one has responded.
The company has taken down its website and social media accounts. Channel 2 Action News found the company operates another assisted living in Estero, Florida. Lincoln called and an employee confirmed that location is not closing.
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