The operator of an unlicensed Northwest Washington community care home, faced with court action by the Veterans Administration and with administrative efforts by city officials to close her facility, decided yesterday to go out of business by the end of this month.
City officials, VA lawyers, a private attorney for one of the residents and a lawyer for Senora Atakulu, who operated the six-bed home at 4019 Marlboro Pl., said yesterday they had reached an agreement which called for Atakulu, whose license expired last August, to withdraw her application for a new license.
VA attorneys, who last March had asked a D.C. Superior Court judge to force Atakulu to release two veterans under her care, said one veteran would be out of the home by the end of this week and another veteran would be out later this month.
City officials, who allowed Atakulu to operate without a license for eight months, said they would be working to help relocate the residents. "Everybody who needs care will be out of there by the end of this month," said Frances Bowie, chief of licensing for the Department of Human Services.
City social workers and health officials had been reporting for a year to superiors that they believed residents might not be receiving proper care in the home. They also reported that city officials were not allowed inside to interview the residents.
Atakulu consistently has denied the reports. Price said yesterday that in withdrawing her application for a license renewal, Atakulu was "not making any admission of wrongdoing." Price said Atakulu decided to "wind down" operations rather than go through a lengthy, "debilitating" fight with the city.