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12/10/07-Tyler

Strong Allegations Against Senior Living Facility Raise Eyebrows

With fire extinguishers in hand, they were turned away.  Activists with the Campaign to Improve Assisted Living claim residents living at Atria Willow Park in Tyler are unsafe, specifically in the event of a fire.   

"Here at this facility, for the past four years, they've been cited by the state for fire evacuation problems," said Jennifer Valentin, one of the activists.  Instead of fixing the problems, Atria continuously violates state fire regulations, she said.

The inflammatory allegations are not being taken lightly.  "It's a shame that they're actually trying to scare the people that live at Willow Park," Ron Lewis, executive director of Atria Willow Park in Tyler.  Lewis told KLTV 7, Monday, that the facility has always worked to meet state health and safety requirements.  "We've had some issues in the past, but they're like any other assisted living community.  We address those issues so they're not issues anymore."

According to a recent inspection by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services, Atria Willow Park was found to be in "substantial compliance with Life Safety Code requirements." And no violations were cited in the inspection.  

Tyler Fire Marshall Max Nash said the state's findings are reflective of the city's inspections.  "It's always a concern when someone can't evacuate in any type of business, but I believe this facility is handling it very well," he said.   

Layron Livingston, Reporting.  livingston@kltv.com

 

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