Suspected unlicensed personal care home inspected

Friday, Aug 16, 2013 9:31 PM
Last updated Saturday, Aug 17, 2013 3:11 PM
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A suspected unlicensed personal care home was inspected in Augusta this week.

A petition for an inspection warrant was granted Wednesday in Richmond County Superior Court for 2200 Central Ave. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Community Heath said Friday the inspection was completed but no further information would be released due to an open investigation.

According to the petition filed Aug. 7, the Health Care Facility Regulation Division received a complaint from a person who was denied access to a family member at the home. An attempt to inspect the home on July 22 was unsuccessful, as the compliance auditor was refused access by a staff member who said all the patients were at doctors’ appointments. When the owner, Al Ferguson, was asked about the home by phone, he said it was just a boarding house, according to the petition.

Ferguson had applied for a permit to operate Mother & Daughter Personal Care Home at the location but his permit was denied.

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Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/17/13 - 07:22 am
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"An attempt to inspect the

"An attempt to inspect the home on July 22 was unsuccessful, as the compliance auditor was refused access by a staff member"

What the hay!!??

Why are these people even on taxpayer payrolls? I wonder how much a compliance auditor makes? I hope he/she is not paid by the weight of their backbone!

shelby547
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shelby547 08/17/13 - 07:31 am
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Dangerous

These jobs are very dangerous. They inspect licensed and unlicensed homes. Some of the places are in the worst areas of Augusta. They can't enter an unlicensed home because technically they have no jurisdiction without proof. They would be trespassing. That is why they did their job and got a warrant and went back.

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/17/13 - 08:17 am
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Well I guess that explains

Well I guess that explains it. Let me ask, Why would a "old folks/personal care home" be unlicensed? Aren't there requirements for insurance, health inspections, etc.?

shelby547
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shelby547 08/17/13 - 08:26 am
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Illegal

It means its illegal. Kind of like selling beer without an alcohol license.

Graymare
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Graymare 08/17/13 - 08:47 am
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Ain't no tellin' what's going

Ain't no tellin' what's going on in there. Take the poor old, sick folks checks and give them lousy care.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 08/17/13 - 11:50 am
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If it's
Unpublished

run by a black man or woman, it's perfectly legal under the civil rights act of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 and affirmative action. If it is run by a white man or woman, it comes under the jurisdiction of obama, eric holder, al sharpton, jesse jackson, benjamin todd jealous and the naacp, cbc, sclc, splc, urban league, united negro college fund, bet, uaw, ibew, democratic party, muslim brotherhood and ai qaeda.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/17/13 - 04:46 pm
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Why did they show up on July

Why did they show up on July 22 without a warrant in hand if they already had a complaint?

Young Fred
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Young Fred 08/17/13 - 06:06 pm
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"Ain't no tellin' what's

"Ain't no tellin' what's going on in there"

You've got that right! If it's an illegal operation to begin with, there is no telling how the folks were treated.

It makes my blood boil just to think about it! Of course, as of yet, nothings been said about abuse or neglect, but one has to wonder.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/17/13 - 06:52 pm
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They go out the first time

They go out the first time without a warrant so the owner can refuse to let them in an will have plenty of time to cover things up before they can get a warrant and come back. It's called bureaucratic idiocy....or.....I don't want to catch them because it would cause too much work.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/13 - 07:26 pm
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They can't legally go in

They can't legally go in unless they have probable cause to believe that a crime is being committed or that somebody is in danger, a complaint is not probable cause. They have to either have consent or have a warrant.

The 4th Amendment applies to private property, remember?

But if I'm not mistaken, I think this is the place where a woman got arrested a few months back for slapping a patient.

Which is probably one of the things that prompted the complaint, it usually does.

corgimom
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corgimom 08/17/13 - 07:28 pm
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But I love all the people on

But I love all the people on here, the patriotic ones, the ones that think that Constitutional freedoms only apply to them and not others.

Perhaps some on here have no problem with illegal searches. Go figure.

gargoyle
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gargoyle 08/17/13 - 09:16 pm
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" a complaint from a person

" a complaint from a person who was denied access to a family member at the home." Someone signed their name to a complaint against the home that was refused a license, probable cause got covered all bases. Now why wasn't it took to a judge for a warrant before going the first time.

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