By Associated Press - Friday, November 9, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A court appointed a temporary receiver to oversee three senior care homes in Vermont following complaints about their business practices.

The homes - Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor in South Burlington, Homestead at Pillsbury in St. Albans and Pillsbury Manor South in South Burlington - have a total of 102 residential care residents and 69 residents living independently, the state said Friday.

Staff, residents and family members have complained in recent months that the homes failed to deposit rent checks or return deposits and raised concerns about adequate staffing and food, the state attorney general’s office and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, said in a press release Friday.

A surprise inspection this week made clear that action needed to be taken immediately, the state said.

Owner East Lake Capital Management of Dallas, Texas, did not respond to an email seeking comment.

The state sought a temporary receiver alleging that residents at the three homes “were at risk of imminent death or serious physical or mental harm.”

Washington County judge Mary Teachout on Wednesday named Douglas Wolinsky as the temporary receiver. He was meeting with staff at the facilities this week. A court hearing on the state’s complaint is set for next week.

“I want staff, residents, and their families to know that the state has confidence in the receiver promptly getting management of these homes back on track,” Attorney General T.J. Donovan said in the written statement.

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