Employees, residents and families of Benedictine Manor of Arcadia were informed on Jan. 6 that the difficult decision has been made to close the skilled nursing facility.
Benedictine Manor of Arcadia, 464 South St. Joseph Avenue, is licensed for 87 skilled nursing beds, although it currently is home to 53 residents.
“This decision has not been an easy one,” said James Gajewski, president, Benedictine Living Communities of Wisconsin. “Nursing homes across the nation are being challenged by a number of factors that test their ability to offer residents a high quality of life while meeting their own obligations. Benedictine Manor of Arcadia is no different and despite every effort to enhance the facility, the number of people being served has declined, costs have continued to rise and the dollars the facility receives for the care it provides are not sufficient to support the facility. As a result, Benedictine Manor of Arcadia has continued to suffer significant financial losses that cannot be sustained.”
As required by state law, Benedictine Manor of Arcadia has submitted a Resident Relocation Plan to the State of Wisconsin. This closing, planned to occur within 120 days of the date of approval of the relocation plan or by April 14, 2014, will affect the entire facility and will be permanent. The actual date of the closing is dependent on the date that the current residents are transferred to other care locations.
“We will be making every effort to help ensure as smooth a transition as possible for all involved, especially for residents, their families and staff,” added Brian Zaletel, administrator, Benedictine Manor of Arcadia.
All residents and their families and/or representatives will receive assistance in finding and moving to a new home of their choice. The Benedictine Manor relocation team is also coordinating efforts with area officials and ombudsmen to assist in identifying and addressing individual resident needs to help ensure a smooth transition to a new home.
“We also plan to hold a job fair and will be talking with area employers to help identify job opportunities for employees,” Zaletel added. Benedictine Manor of Arcadia currently has 114 employees.