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Iowa seniors to move today after assisted living center drops services

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Today is moving day for 20 Des Moines seniors who have no choice but to find a new place to live.

Nursing assistance is ending at Walden Point Assisted Living Center in Des Moines. The change has forced 20/40 residents who need that level of care to move.

The Center's owner blames the owner of its care provider BrightStar for abruptly ending nursing services in violation of its contract. The owner, Steve Houghton of Ankeny, suddenly closed down his Ankeny location in November. Because of the short notice, Walden Point was unable to get a contract with a new nursing provider.

Many residents hoped to get answers during a meeting last month, but they say Houghton let them down yet again by not showing up.

"I was very angry actually," said Debbie Craver. "I thought you know, what kind of jerk is this?"

"It made us feel neglected," said Sharon Enos.

Some of the residents who don't need nursing services are expected to remain at Walden Point.

For the past month, Walden Point administration staff has laid out brochures and contact information of assisted living facilities across the state to help those who need the assistance that will no longer be available.

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