Clarendon nursing home closes

Clarendon nursing home closes

Clarendon, TX - Elderly residents are being forced to relocate as the only nursing home in Clarendon closes its doors.

Wednesday, rooms emptied at the Community Care Center of Clarendon and staff said goodbye to the 19 residents who they consider family.

"This is a difficult time," said employee Leilani Gabel. "We loved all the residents and the staff. It's been a blessing to be here."

"It's heartbreaking. It's hard to see them go," added employee Nicky Shelley.

"Some of them you get attached to and they are your babies," said Amber Martin, who has worked at the nursing home since 2010. "Telling them goodbye is just horrible."

Facility administrator Susan Hodges said the owner could no longer afford to keep the nursing home running. "Due to the cost of running the facility, it could just not keep up with the reimbursements that Medicare, Medicaid and the state pay. Each year it gets less and less. It really is difficult in the health industry right now as far as costs and reimbursements."

This was the only nursing home in Clarendon, so residents are now moving to facilities in other cities. Hodges said her heart not only goes out to the people who called the Community Care Center home, but to nearly 100 full-time and part-time employees who worked there as well. "I ask every employer out there who needs an employee, please hire the Community Care Center employees," said Hodges. "They really need a job and I am telling you, you will not be disappointed. They will work for you and they will be a huge asset."

Hodges hopes an investor will consider reopening the nursing home, so it can once again be an asset to the Clarendon community.

Madison Alewel - NewsChannel 10