LAKE WACCAMAW -- In the past few weeks Lake Waccamaw Police have received several complaints about the Waccamaw Village Assisted Living Center. Some are about residents behaving badly, others are calls of concern for residents safety. Three residents at the assisted living facility were recently arrested, some for drug activity, another for sexual assault. Melody Aycock says she became the manager of the Waccamaw Village Assisted Living Center only six weeks ago and the problems there existed long before that. She said, "A bunch of things happened at once, and these may have been problems that have been happening through the history of this building through the many different administrators and owners." Town Manager Darren Currie has seen an increase in complaints about the center over the last 8 months. "Of late there have been two drug arrests of residents in that nursing home facility and one sexual assault arrest that has been made," Currie said. "There have also been a couple of incidents where wheel chairs were almost hit by passing cars or trucks." Aycock says to help stop these problems she's making new rules. "We've told the residents that we will take them to the store everyday, we don't want them putting themselves in danger and walking up and down the street," she said. Aycock is also doing more to screen residents. In the past all that was required was a referral form, and that doesn't give any information on a person's history of aggressive behavior or sexual offenses. "I am now doing a thorough assessment searching the history of a resident," Aycock said. "We are also asking for the written nurses' notes from the past one month … so we can get a sense of the person's behavior." The town manager says these changes have helped. But because of recent problems state agencies are still investigating to make sure there are enough staff to meet the residents needs, and that the center is following all the state's rules. The Waccamaw Village manager, town officials and state regulatory agencies plan to meet this Friday to discuss the problems and possible solutions. The manager says she's determined to improve the center.
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