Assisted living wing will close at RMH

Rockdale Hospital District boa rd member s on Mond ay decided to shut down the assiste d living wing at Richards Memorial Hospital on Aug. 1.

“ It was continuing to lose money,” board president Carl Hudson said. “We’ve been talking about this for several months and it finally got to the point where we didn’t have any choice.”

Eight persons were living in the unit, which provides care to the elderly.

Hudson said during the transition period RMH officials will assist residents in finding new accommodations.

The a ssisted liv i ng ef for t was one of the f irst innovations tried by RMH in the early 2000s as the hospital administration successfully attempted innovations to rescue the hospital from chronic f inancial difficulties.

“It just hasn’t been a revenue producer,” Hudson said. “At one time it was full and there was always a waiting list of people wanting to become residents,” he said. “But in recent months the waiting list has gone away. It appeared potential residents were going to other facilities. Assisted living is a very competitive business.” Hudson said plans are to rent out space in the assisted living area, located in one of the hospital’s three wings, to other services.

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