My MIL's assisted living facility has been slowing emptying out of residents over the 6 months to a year. As of last week, there is only her and one other resident on her floor, which has ten rooms. Six months ago, they shuttered their memory care facility that was across the street saying it was due to a lack of residents. The facility is in a great neighborhood in San Francisco and is steps from a street that has wonderful stores and restaurants, so it seems suspect that they can't easily get new residents to move in. I'm concerned the place is getting ready to close as each resident moves out, and no new residents move in. Anyone else see this happen before or have thoughts on what might be going on?

I'm stressing out because her current place is just a few blocks from our house, and is so convenient for checking in on her every day. Also the thought of trying to find a new place for her feels daunting. I realize that they will be required to give us 60 days notice, but around here that doesn't feel like much time.

I live in Florida but in our town when the economy is bad then residents are pulled out of the main facility in town and placed at a cheaper place by their families.
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Reply to brandee

It's possible that the facility business is not as lucrative as some other business and they will either sell or convert the property to something else.

You can email the admins and ask the question point blank (written is better than verbal so there's no denying that you asked them).

You can join and ask the local community what they are hearing about this situation (it never ceases to amaze me how much other people know about the goings of area businesses, some people are on city councils...).
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Reply to Geaton777
Missymiss Mar 15, 2024
The people on my NextDoor are busy bodies and gossip hounds, in my opinion. Lol
Could they be heading toward closing ?
Are they accepting any new residents ?
You might want to have a “ friend “ call and ask if they are accepting new residents . See what they say .

I worked in a facility years ago where they stopped accepting new residents , until they were down to about 20 and the families had to find a new facility . I do not remember how much notice they gave . The reason was the building was sold , leveled and a new taller building built with doctor’s offices . It was across the street from a hospital.

Perhaps the owner got an offer he could not refuse .
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Reply to waytomisery
Elaine74 Mar 12, 2024
Good idea about calling to see if they are accepting new residents.
As a San Francisco resident, Elaine, I hope you will private message me the name of this place.
Because, if prices are not extraordinarily out of sync with the norm for this city I must say I am extremely surprised to hear such a thing.

Hope you will let me know. I have insiders, including a director of nursing a quite a famous facility in my city, who is a good friend. Can see if I can trace down any info.

Best to you.
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Reply to AlvaDeer
Elaine74 Mar 12, 2024
I sent you a private message. Thank you so much!
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Can you get a feel from why the numbers are dropping? Try to ask staff or even management? Can they just not find interested residents?
In other words, might it be temporary drop that may improve or does it look like they are going out of business?

Well, the good thing for you is 1) they cant really try to raise the rent on you in this situation and 2) there is no issue of over crowding.

do they still have enough staff for the residents there? the fear of course is that they shut down completely at some time. Perhaps start looking around/ get on waitlist at one or two other places?
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Reply to strugglinson
Elaine74 Mar 12, 2024
Residents have been leaving for the normal reasons—move into hospice, move to be closer to family, care needs increased, etc. It's the fact that none of the rooms that have emptied over the last year, have been re-occupied. A few months ago they started sending the two residents still living on the first floor, up to the second and third floors during the day to do activities and eat their meals, so they didn't have to staff the first floor. My FIL has been visiting for the last month, so he's been taking care of my MIL. It just kind of hit me today, after a few weeks of not being there and another resident on the floor now gone, at how empty the place has gotten.

It's sort of like the metaphor of a frog in boiling water. When there's four or five residents hanging out in the small common area, and the TV is blaring, and people are doing activities, you don't notice all the empty rooms, but when there's only two people left and they're both bed bound, the emptiness gets really noticeable.
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