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Fate of bankrupt Mart nursing home up in the air

Fate of bankrupt Mart nursing home up in the air

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Mart residents and nursing home officials waited in the halls of Park Plaza Nursing Home on Friday for word on whether they would be forced to move their family members from the facility after the owners, Texas Amicus Healthcare Services Inc., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in late August.

Riesel resident Ronnie Urbantke said he received a call Thursday saying he had to move his mother because the facility was closing, but Friday he heard it wasn’t and his mother could stay.

“The staff has been great. I couldn’t stand the thought of uprooting her,” he said.

Amicus officials were not available for comment Friday and the nursing home administrators refused to confirm that Park Plaza was staying open.

Meanwhile, family members of nursing home residents were left to guess about how to care for their loved ones.

Lifelong Mart resident Pat Curry said her mother lives in Park Plaza and doesn’t want to move.

Curry agreed, noting the convenience of the facility.

“I want my mother here because I’m here. I don’t want to drive to Waco every day,” she said.

Park Plaza employees told the state Thursday that they hadn’t been paid and not enough of the staff had stayed to care for the home’s residents, said Melissa Gale, public information officer for Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Local volunteers and the remaining staff stayed Thursday night, but the state sent nursing care workers to supplement the facility’s remaining staff to ensure the residents receive proper care until the fate of the facility is decided, she said.

The state hasn’t received any notification from the administrators whether they would file for a bankruptcy extension to keep the facility open, Gale said.

The facility housed 44 people and nine moved out Thursday.

Urbantke said he doesn’t plan to move his mother, who is 101, until absolutely necessary.

“It’s hard on the older people,” he said.

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