State shuts down Livonia senior home, residents get hours notice

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Residents of a Livonia senior home are searching for a new place to live with little notice after they were told to get up and move out - all with just a few hours' notice.

"This is all we got. Okay. This is all we got. Nobody said anything," Constance Lovely said. "My sister has Alzheimer's. Nobody said anything."

Desparate families pulled up to the nursing home to pick up their loved ones from the Livonia assisted living facility Wednesday. They were told to pick up their mothers, brothers, fathers, and sister and their belongings by 6 pm.

"This is awful what they're doing. To give you a notice and tell you they're going to take it tonight," Bridgett Schultz said. "We've been married 54 years and I'm devastated. I can't believe this."

The Ashley Court facility on 7 Mile has been known to have issues. The latest state order shut down buildings two and three for license violations. Buildings one and four were already closed down.

The state order stemmed from an investigation last March. That investigation says back in February a patient fell in her bedroom and didn't get help for six hours. This, along with nine fire safety violations and other licensing violations, brought on the closure. As the residents moved out, the owner was nowhere in sight.

"He said they're gonna lock the doors whether there's people in there or not," Wade McCann said. That brings on new challenges. "Every time you move these patients who are older who have Alzheimer's, like my mother, there's a set back."

"Is this legal for the state to kick us out with a couple of minutes notice? With couple hours notice?" Schultz said.

According to FOX 2 legal expert Charlie Langton, yes. If the state finds the conditions are dangerous or detrimental, it's legal.