The Albany Ledger
Citing “significant repairs” to its building, Golden Living Center-Colonial Manor of Albany announced March 4 the closing of its facility.
“After a great deal of review, we have made the business decision to close our Golden Living Center-Colonial Manor of Albany,” Colonial Manor of Albany executive director Bobby Swymeler said in a media statement.
“As a company, Golden Living conducts frequent reviews of the physical plants for all of our Golden Living Centers’ buildings. As a result of the review conducted for Golden Living Center-Colonial Manor of Albany, we have identified an issue with the building that requires significant repairs. While we have made the necessary accommodations to keep our patients’ safety a top priority, facilitating the long-term correction of this issue would be cost prohibitive.”
According to a U.S. News and World Report ranking of area nursing homes, the 60 Medicare/Medicaid-bed Colonial Manor was given four out of five stars, the same ranking given Pine View Manor in Stanberry and above the two-star Bethany Care Center and the one-star Crestview Home in Bethany. Only King City Manor and Worth County Convalescent Center rank higher than Colonial Manor.
“Please know this was a very difficult decision for us and it was only made after completely assessing, considering, and evaluating the full impact this decision will have on our patients and residents, their families, and the community we serve. In the end, we concluded that closing this Living Center is the most appropriate decision,” Swymeler said. “We will make every effort to make this transition as smooth as possible for our patients and residents, their families, and our staff. We value all of our patients and residents and we will explore with each of them, their families, and personal doctors the best future setting for them. In all cases, we will continue to provide the highest-level quality care and service to all of our patients and residents at Golden Living Center-Colonial Manor of Albany until new arrangements have been made for each resident.
“We are grateful and appreciative of our staff,” Swymeler said. “They do a wonderful job delivering quality care to our patients and residents every day. We are meeting with each of them to discuss various options available to them.
“We have had the privilege of taking care of some wonderful people, and we’ve had the opportunity to get to know many of our patients’ and residents’ families and friends,” Swymeler said. “We would like to thank the community for trusting our Golden Living Center team to care for these members of the Albany community.”