The state Department of Human Services says it is moving to assume control of nursing homes in Trumann and Ola in the interest of patient safety.
They are Arlington Cove Healthcare in Trumann, which had 35 residents Friday, and Deerview in Ola, which had 32.
It also plans further monitoring of three homes with the same owner — Lexington Place Healthcare & Rehab in Jonesboro, which had 93 residents, Lincoln Heights Healthcare in Star City, which had 53 residents, and Prescott Manor Nursing center in Prescott, which had 54 residents. The DHS release didn’t identify the owner. Each home is set up as an individual LLC.
DHS said the owner, Keith Head of Conway, had agreed to the receivership of the two homes and legal actions will be filed in the respective counties. This follows enhanced monitoring of the facilities by DHS.
Inspectors have been at all five locations since Sept. 25, when payroll problems were discovered at one of the homes, and will monitor them daily to ensure services are being provided, supplies are sufficient and staff is being paid, the DHS release said.
The DHS release said the state will operate the facilities temporarily and is working with an Arkansas-based nursing home owner, Reliance Healthcare, to manage the facilities on a temporary basis.