State takes over 7 elder care facilities

By Meg Haskell, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 16, 2008, at 9:45 p.m.

Seven private nursing and assisted living centers in Maine, including the Penobscot Nursing Home and Northern Bay Residential Living Center in Penobscot, have been placed in state receivership because of evidence of corporate financial mismanagement. All seven sites are owned or leased by the Connecticut-based company Eagle Landing Residential Care LLC.

According to Catherine Cobb of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, the state first became concerned earlier this year over complaints that residents at Penobscot Nursing Home were losing significant amounts of weight.

Inspectors found that vendors had stopped delivering food and supplies because of unpaid bills. As the 60-bed nursing home improved its performance, Cobb said Thursday, problems emerged in the other Eagle Landing sites.

“A couple of weeks ago, I was at one of the facilities and there was no propane. They couldn’t cook dinner, and there was no heat in part of the building,” said Cobb, the director of DHHS’ division of licensing and regulatory services. The state paid for an emergency delivery of heating oil and propane to the facility and began the receivership process against Eagle Landing at that time, she said.

A call to Gerald H. Frenette, vice president of operations for Eagle Landing Residential Care, was not returned Thursday.

A total of about 180 residents now live in the seven facilities. In addition to the two Eagle Landing facilities in Penobscot, there are five other affected sites: printed on August 18, 2017