Saturday, October 18, 2008

State Takes Over Dolley Farm and Rocky Hill Manor

According to the Bangor Daily News, the State of Maine has taken over seven retirement homes and assisted living centers in the state, including Westbrook's Dolley Farm Residential Care Home (98 Bridge Street) and Rocky Hill Manor (511 Bridge Street).

Citing mismanagement by Connecticut-based Eagle Landing Residential Care LLC, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) requested Thursday $87,000 from the Legislature's Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee to manage the facilities until a more permanent solution can be found.

Examples of corporate mismanagement include unpaid bills resulting in vendors ceasing to deliver food and supplies, including heating oil, propane gas, Internet service, and telephone service. Employees have had to "routinely" use their personal credit cards to pay for such things as food delivery and phone service, while their workers' compensation and liability insurance policies have been canceled because of nonpayment. And Eagle Landing owes about $400,000 in unpaid taxes and about $794,000 in overpayments from the state's Medicaid billing computer system, while their vehicles used to transports residents to medical appointments have either been repossessed or are threatened with repossession.

- John C.L. Morgan

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