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Augusta care home supervisor is jailed for forcing out resident

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A supervisor at an Augusta personal care home was arrested Friday for allegedly throwing out a resident despite warnings from deputies.

Olga Marie Acevedo, the 30-year-old supervisor of Sunrise at Parkway Personal Care Home on Interstate Parkway, was charged with neglect to a disabled adult, elder person or resident, a felony. It’s unclear if Acevedo is also the care home’s owner.

It was a chaotic scene when deputies first answered a call on the evening of St. Patrick’s Day at the care home. Employee Maria Rowe told them that her boss wanted deputies to force a 56-year-old resident to vacate the facility, according to a sheriff’s report.

Sunrise at Parkway personal care home is located at 1339 Interstate Parkway, Augusta, Ga.

But Deputy Amie Jackson told Acevedo by phone that officers could not force the resident out of her facility unless they were being turned over to a relative or was being committed to the hospital for mental evaluation.

Acevedo then requested to speak to a supervisor, who told her the same thing.

“Both stated we could not force an elderly person, who is incapable of making decisions for herself to leave and walk on the roadway causing a hazard to herself and others,” the report says. “As Deputy Jackson was advising Rowe of her options, Acevedo went over her security system and yelled at deputies to vacate her premises if they were not willing to force (the resident) to leave the property.”

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Officers went to a neighboring parking lot and soon witnessed the resident “wandering down the roadway holding her belongings.”

From the sheriff’s report: “Acevedo had arrived on scene and forced Rowe to make (the resident) vacate the facility knowing she had no family, no place to go and was incapable of taking care of herself. Acevedo was then taken into custody.”

The suspect told authorities that she would have never accepted the resident if she was advised of the resident’s mental status.

The resident was transported to Doctors Hospital and turned over to medical staff for an emergency mental evaluation after being thrown out of the care facility.

Acevedo remained in the Richmond County Detention Center on Monday afternoon without bond.

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Google reviews of the facility include some positive comments, but it also has complaints about residents being thrown out and disrespected. Frank Murphy wrote: “Worst care center ever. Not a place for a loved one. I confirm the screaming and bullying  to residents from the staff and the owner.”

The facility responded this way: “We apologize you feel that way but that is not accurate. There are some people who have loud voice and there are residents who cannot hear well so we have to speak louder. We treat all of our residents with respect and integrity. We wish you and your family all the best.”

 A 2020 report by the Georgia Healthcare Facility Regulation Division said the care home “failed to ensure that the home developed an appropriate safety plan.” In addition, it said the facility had no documentation that one of its residents was a sex offender and didn’t report an allegation of resident-to-resident sexual abuse.

Greg Rickabaugh is the Jail Report contributor for The Augusta Press. Reach him at [email protected] 

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