Greensboro, NC-- Two adult and senior care facilities will shut down Friday in Greensboro. People living and working there found out Tuesday. The Serenity Care Assisted Living Center and Serenity Care Family Care Home will close. In addition, The Tillery Chase Adult Care Home in Montgomery County will also shut down. All three properties are owned and operated by Larry Patton.
Nancy King's Mother-in-Law was in living in the Greensboro facility. "They have done these folks wrong. They have done these folks, terribly, terribly wrong," King said.
Denise Goins' brother-in-law was also staying at the center. "What we're really angry about is none of the owners or managers are here. These people are losing their jobs. The families have a lot of questions and we have no answers," Goins said.
Staff members worry about their own lives and their residents' future.
Employee Farrah Shepherd said, "I just pray and hope something will come through. But, I just think this is really crazy. There's no way around it. We really can't do anything about it."
Ebony Caviness, another employee, said, "We don't even know whether we're going to get paid. We have not heard anything from the owner whatsoever. He's not answering our phone calls. We're just playing it by ear."
An at the facility did eventually reach Patton. That employee told WFMY News 2 Patton claimed he was going to file for bankruptcy. Caviness and Shepherd say Patton owes them and the other employees money for four weeks of pay.
WFMY News 2 called and emailed Patton, but he has not responded to our inquiries. However, WFMY News 2 has learned Patton is in financial trouble.
Despite the short notice, the Guilford County Department of Social Services arrived on the scene within hours of hearing about the closing. Department staff already found new homes for all but six of the Greensboro residents.
"We have occasionally gone through this when a nursing home has had a fire or there has been some type of power outage where we had to move very quickly. So, our staff in adult services are used to having to step up at a moment's notice," Guilford County Department of Social Services spokesperson Steve Hayes said.
State law says an owner must give thirty days notice before shutting down a facility. As of right now, the only punishment the state is seeking is to ask Patton to voluntarily surrender his license to operate.