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The state Department of Human Services has revoked the license of a Bentonville assisted-living facility owned by a man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two residents.

Better Home Living, also known as New Adams House, at 904 SE Residents Way, was licensed to house 24 residents, but only had seven on March 26, when it was notified of the revocation, Human Services Department spokesman Amy Webb said.

Those residents have all been transferred to other facilities, she said.

The owner, Angel Floro, pleaded guilty in Benton County Circuit Court in December of two counts of second-degree sexual assault involving two women who lived at the home.

He was placed on 12 years of probation and sentenced to 75 days in jail.

A Feb. 19 lawsuit in Benton County Circuit Court by the sister and court-appointed guardian of one of the accusers seeks punitive damages against the facility, Floro and his wife, Terisita, over the assault.

In a March 26 letter notifying Better Home Living of the license revocation, Craig Cloud, director of the Human Services Department's Division of Provider Services and Quality Assurance, cited repeated violations of state regulations and a "serious threat to residents' health and safety."

Among other violations, he listed a failure to ensure a licensed administrator was "consistently employed by the facility and on the premises during normal business hours for the past 8 months," a lack of licensed nursing staff to care for residents and a failure to perform criminal background checks on employees.

The letter said the facility had been given a notice of the violations three days earlier and failed to submit a corrective action plan as required. It noted that as of 1:30 p.m. on March 26, the facility still did not have a licensed administrator or nurse on site "to provide for the ongoing health and safety of the residents."

The letter gave the facility until last Friday to transfer its residents to other facilities.

Metro on 04/09/2019

Print Headline: Arkansas assisted-living facility's license revoked after owner's guilty plea in sex case

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  • nanameeks
    April 9, 2019 at 6:15 p.m.

    Just as a little more background on this home and its closing:
    Last year my sister was a resident at this facility. On June 1st she received a letter that the home was being closed and all residents had 30 days to find a new place to go. At first all of the staff was told they would only be able to have their jobs 2 more weeks, but they did back down on that because the residents would not have proper care. It was very difficult for the residents to find new homes. Thankfully my sister was finally able to move the last week of June to a much nicer place than Better Living. The owners had quit providing adequate care and meals, or the supplies they needed. We were told they were selling the home and had a contract on the sale, and that was the reason they were closing. However, a few months later we found out a couple of residents had moved back in. And the wife called me and asked if my sister would like to come back. Not a chance!!! It was all so very bizarre. I'm thankful it is closed for good.

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