Rutland Manor plans to close by mid-SeptemberBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | June 21,2013Rutland Manor plans to close by mid-September, if not sooner.
The assisted-living facility run by Genesis HealthCare issued 90-day notices to its residents and their families last week, but a spokeswoman for the company said they hope to close prior to the Sept. 14 deadline for residents to vacate.
The Nichols Street facility has 32 rooms and offered staff coverage 24 hours a day with nursing supervision. Services included hospice and dementia care.
Genesis spokeswoman Jeanne Moore wrote in a pair of emails Thursday that there were only 20 residents and an equal number of employees. The employees had been offered retraining and the company was making an effort to find them alternative positions, according to Moore.
“A significant portion of the residents being affected by the close of Rutland Manor have medical conditions that might qualify them for skilled nursing care,” she wrote. “Their desire is to stay with us at our skilled nursing center here in Rutland if they qualify.”
Genesis also operates Rutland Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, next door to Rutland Manor; the Mountain View Center on Haywood Avenue; and the Elm Wood Center in Claremont, N.H.
Moore said the company hopes the process will move quickly enough to shut down the facility within 30 days.
The family of at least one resident is wondering what they will do. Shirley Morse of Bennington said she and her husband placed their 54-year-old son at Rutland Manor because they could not find a facility offering private rooms closer to home.
“He has to have a private room because another person makes him nervous,” she said. “He has to have some medication and he walks with a walker — he’s a big fella. Being deaf is the hardest part.”
Morse said she was working with the state on finding a new placement.
“My husband and I are both 75, I just had my leg broke, I have to have a new shoulder put in — it’s just so hard to look after him,” she said. “He’s such a good boy.”
Moore said the decision to close Rutland Manor was taken after “careful analysis” over several months in an effort “to counter the financial challenges we have faced.”
Calls to the Vermont Division of Licensing and Protection were not returned Thursday afternoon.
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