UPDATE: Gilman nursing home to close

FALL CREEK, Wis. (COVENANT CARE NEWS RELEASE) -- Gilman Care Center, a 36 bed skilled care facility located at 600 Hickory St in Gilman, WI has announced that it will be closing down its operation in the near future, with a loss of thirty-five jobs and relocation of 23 residents.

According to Jack Halbleib, President of Covenant Care LLC which manages the facility,  a combination of reduced occupancy, low government reimbursement rates and the difficulty in retaining quality staff led to this decision.

Megan Feirtag, the facility Administrator, noted that while good care was being provided to residents, it has been difficult to manage efficiently with a population in the mid-twenties.  “There is intense competition for the same resident with multiple nursing homes in the area, all in significantly larger cities.  Meetings are being set up to provide families with information and options to ensure a smooth transition to a new facility.   Families will also be able to explore whether an alternate living arrangement may be possible with various representatives from Care Agencies invited to present options to families.”  Feirtag noted.

The facility has been operated by the current ownership team since October, 2007.

GILMAN, Wis. (WEAU) -- A nursing home that is about to close is meeting with affected families to discuss the transition to another facility.

On Friday, the business that runs the Gilman Care Center said that the facility will close within the next six to eight weeks. A news release announcing the closure did not specify a date. The president of Covenant Care LLC, which manages the Gilman Care Center, says a closure plan has been submitted to the Wisconsin Department of Health, who will oversee the process.

Thirty five jobs will be lost, and 23 residents will have to move. Of those 35 jobs, about half are full time and half are part time.

As for the residents, the company says there are several area facilities with capacity to take them. There's also the possibility that some may be in a position to choose other living arrangements.

Covenant Care cites fewer residents, low government reimbursement rates, and a tough time getting quality employees to stay, as reasons for the decision. It also blames intense competition for the same residents with other facilities in bigger cities.

The date of the closure will also depend on how long it takes for transfers to be made.

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