Police make arrest in illegal personal care home

CONYERS — The Conyers Police Department has arrested a woman who was allegedly running an illegal personal care home out of her residence in the Forest Villas neighborhood.

Police were first alerted to the personal care home on July 22 when the owner of the home, Sharon Ann Seats, 46, called to complain that a client had taken her cellphone and refused to return it, said CPD Officer Kim Lucas.

Seats told the responding officer that she was an in-home care nurse and the patient was schizophrenic.

“Officers went out and convinced the client to return the phone to the complainant, but it seemed apparent that Seats had individuals living in her home and it seemed as though she were running a care facility,” Lucas said.

The officer contacted Cpl. Chad Sims, the city of Conyers’ marshal who handles code and licensing matters.

Sims then contacted the Department of Community Health, which is charged with regulating and issuing licenses for personal care homes, and learned that neither the address at 1213 Creek Forest Court nor Seats was licensed with the agency, the CPD reported.

On Wednesday, Sims returned to Seats’ home and asked her about having people living in her residence.

“She was cooperative in advising what she was doing,” Lucas said. “She even commented that she tried to keep the residents toward the back of the house so as not to draw attention from the neighbors.”

Seats allegedly told officers that she was formerly a certified nurse assistant at a personal care home in Stone Mountain. When that facility was shut down following investigations by the Department of Community Health, she said she relocated to Conyers and “took some patients from (Stone Mountain) with her,” the CPD reported.

Seats was housing two men and one woman, all suffering from various forms of mental illness and collecting about $600 a month from each patient, whose income came from Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income Disability.

Adult Protective Services also responded to the scene Wednesday and assisted the Department of Community Health with relocating the patients to an appropriate facility.

Lucas said one of the patients said he was glad this business was being shut down because there had been no power in the house the previous week because the bill had not been paid. He also told authorities that he would leave the home every day and sit in a nearby park all day to avoid confrontations with Seats.

Seats was arrested and charged with operating an unlicensed home health facility and is being held in the Rockdale County Jail.