UPDATE: Gilman nursing home to close

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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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