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The owner of All-American Care in Muscatine says the home is being forced into bankruptcy. There is another All-American Care nursing facility in Washington, IA -- the owner says that business is part of the bankruptcy filing.
 
Owner, Jerry Rhoads, says that residents and employees will not notice any changes as this bankruptcy process moves forward. But Rhoads says once the business is auctioned off, there could be noticeable changes because the home will no longer be locally-owned and family-run.

"We're forcing small operators, small businesses into the hands of the conglomerates," said Rhoads.

Still, All-American Care isn't without blame. According to its most recent health inspection report, All-American Care is rated below average and has been cited with 14 health deficiencies. The average in Iowa is 5.1 health deficiencies.

"The surveyor said we abused a patient by not doing CPR," Rhoads said of one instance.

"They [also] made the allegation that we left a patient on the floor for 48 minutes without intervention."

Rhoads is appealing the allegations but already owes $100,000 in fines because of them.

 "We have just lost a ton of money and can't go on."

Rhoads insists, this isn't the end for employees and residents. But he believes this signifies a change for locally-owned nursing facilities that can't continue to soak up the costs of elder care.

"It's the hardest business I've ever seen and I had no idea when we got into this, these two facilities, that it was going to end up like this," said Rhoads. "It was not our mission."