Phoenix Nursing Home Tells Elderly Residents to Vacate
The Arizona Grand Senior Living Community in Phoenix is closing its doors on February 28, 2015. The elderly residents were given less than two months’ notice. Legally, the home only needed to provide 30 days’ notice to the appropriate parties.
Now, 140 seniors are scrambling to find accommodations. According to local reports, most of the residents — who are in their 80s and 90s — were planning to live out the rest of their lives at the mixed-use facility. Located near the upscale Arizona Biltmore mall, the Arizona Grand offers memory care units, assisted living and independent living units.
Administrators held a meeting for residents to alert them of the facility’s shuttering. Lease terminations were handed out via envelopes. According to an article on azcentral.com, residents were stunned by the news and tearful at the meeting.
The Arizona Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, a Freemasonry-related fraternal group, owns the facility. It is operated by the Goodman Group that used an opt-out clause in their long-term contract. The Arizona Eastern Star decided to sell the property instead of continuing to run it as a skilled nursing and retirement facility under new management. The owners said costly upgrades needed for the 70s-era facility were not feasible.
The skilled nursing facility, located at 4602 N. 24th St., is being sold to an unnamed developer who builds upscale apartment complexes. Until it closes, the approximately 100 Arizona Grand staff members are helping to relocate residents, according to reports. Staffing and services will be maintained until February 28.
However, family members are concerned about their loved one’s mental anguish over the sudden announcement. Many are concerned that there may be trauma involved with adapting to new living accommodations. Many of the seniors bonded with fellow residents and staff members. Most were planning on living out the rest of their lives at the skilled nursing center.
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