Lakeside Residents, Employees; What to Do?

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Lakeside officials are taking a proactive measure for their residents.

They're holding a fair at the Lakeside building on October sixth to help their employees find new jobs, and their residents find other nursing homes to go to.

Those beds are dissapearing fast, as the governor's new budget plan calls for relocating thousands of Wisconsin's nursing home residents to alternative settings.

"While it doesn't appeal to me as a plan, it may appeal to others because it's perceived as a less costly way to deal with Medicaid recipients that reside in nursing homes," said Jim Deignan, Executive Director of Dove Healthcare.

The timing isn't good for an increasing number of seniors who are starting to need nursing and rehabilitation services, and nearly 300 who need to relocate out of Lakeside Health.

Lakeside's employees will also need to relocate, and coordinators at the local job center say they can help, but health care jobs in town might become pretty scarce.

"I think there will be a lot of opportunities for these people and some may opt to go into training and our agency has some funding to help people with re-training as well," said Sue Lane of the Workforce Resource of Chippewa County.

Locally, the reduction of beds is plain to see, as area directors don't think you'd find more than about 50-available on a given day.

Those available will likely be taken up by Lakeside's soon-to-be displaced residents, if they haven't been already.

Once Lakeside is closed, the only way the building would re-open as a nursing home again is if Benedictine were to sell it off to another entity who already owns licenses to a bunch of beds and can move them into the building.

They'd then have to apply through the state, and if their application was approved, they could run it as a nursing home.

As it stands, that buidling is not for sale.