The extent of necessary renovations and the trend away from institutional nursing care are the main reasons Vincentian Collaborative Services officials said they announced next year's closing of Vincentian Regency nursing home, 8250 Babcock Blvd. in McCandless.
The announcement was made Dec. 5. There will be a seven-month transition for patients to move to another facility, with a deadline of June 30.
The facility near North Park was built in 1966, and renovations were minimal over the years.
"Renovations made in the past were more cosmetic," said Robin Weber, director of communications for Vincentian Collaborative Services. "We were going to need to do long-term renovations" in order to bring the facility up to current codes.
Those needed renovations were "cost-prohibitive," she added.
Another factor was that healthcare facilities are trending away from institutional-style care to home- and community-style facilities, she said.
"We are planning to develop some new approaches to senior care and really do hope to be leaders in that area," she said. "We do plan to continue senior care on that property in the future. We will still own the property, and the building."
Each of the facility's remaining residents has a designated advocate working with the resident and his or her family to help find another facility. Although Pennsylvania only requires a 30-day notice of a facility closing, Vincentian is giving residents seven months.
"The resident advocates called every family member," Ms. Weber said, adding that they have had a series of family meetings. "It is nice for people to be able to get together and express their concerns."
A representative of the family council could not be reached for comment.
A number of Vincentian Regency's employees have already left for other employment. Employees can apply for openings at other Vincentian facilities, Ms. Weber said.
Vincentian operates four senior communities, including Vincentian Home, a few miles away from Regency in McCandless.
In 2010, Vincentian Regency was one of 12 nursing homes statewide awarded an Excellence in Quality Care Award by the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Office of Long-Term Living.
Sandy Trozzo, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org