Georgia nursing home operator to pay $1.25M settlement for poor care at Mississippi facility

A nursing home operator in Alpharetta, Ga., agreed to pay $1.25 million to settle allegations of poor care in a Mississippi nursing home, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


Court documents allege that the Mississippi nursing home, then controlled by an Alpharetta couple, was infested with roaches, rodents, ants and snakes. Conditions also included widespread mold and a lack of privacy in the nursing home's showers, according to the documents. Residents complained of not receiving enough to eat, and one resident was transferred due to untreated wounds and bed sores.

The couple who controlled the facility, Julie and Douglas Mittleider, have operated nursing homes in several states and have faced multiple complaints of insufficient care, inadequate staffing and other violations, according to court records.

In 2009, Massachusetts banned the Mittleiders from owning or operating a long-term care facility in that state for 10 years. In a 2015 class-action lawsuit filed against Salem Nursing & Rehab Center in Augusta, Ga., Mr. Mittleider and others said the home stopped paying for employees' health insurance without informing them and continued to deduct health insurance premiums from their paychecks, according to a WJBF report.

The Mittleiders, along with companies and a nonprofit foundation they control, have four years to pay the settlement, with the first installment due next year.

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