MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW)- Residents of a Myrtle Beach assisted living facility were told to move out within 48 hours.
A letter sent on Monday to residents, families, and staff at Magnolias Assisted Living said the facility will be sold and residents would have to move out by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.
“There will no longer be any staff on site to provide food or care,” said the letter.
The letter also said the facility’s administrator left to work at a competing facility and that a loss of patients has contributed to the closure.
“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart for everyone associated with Magnolia Assisted Living Facility that I announced the loss of our planned sale of the facility to the Cedar Group,” said the letter. “The immediate and dramatic loss of over $40,000 in monthly operating revenue also collapsed the financing needed by the Cedar Group to complete their purchase of the facility.”
The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) released a statement about the facility’s closure on Tuesday, saying DHEC regulations require notification of intent to close and that Magnolias did so”
Magnolias of Myrtle Beach has been a community residential care facility licensed for 40 beds.
DHEC’s role with community residential care facilities is to enforce standards for their licensure, maintenance, and operation, including their closure. In the event of closure, facilities are supposed to work with family members or appropriate agencies to find placement for residents.
It’s important to note that DHEC is not a placement or referral agency for residents of the facilities.
DHEC regulations state that a facility must notify us of their intent to close. DHEC was notified on February 19 that Magnolias is closing.
Upon today’s notice of closure, DHEC inspectors traveled to the facility in Myrtle Beach to help ensure the health, safety and welfare of the remaining residents and ensure the facility is taking the appropriate steps towards closure.
Magnolias is responsible for coordinating with residents’ family members to find placement for the remaining two residents that are at the facility.
DHEC will continue to closely monitor the actions of Magnolias related to their closure.
DHEC also said they are reviewing records for inspection reports and to see if any consent orders were filed against the facility.
DHEC added they would provide those documents “if/when they become available” and that everyone at the facility has been placed elsewhere.