Finding a New Home

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Eileen Burke is moving out. "We've been rushing around trying to find a place." She is one of the 30 residents at our Shenandoah adult care home that has to leave. "I've got some options open. One of which I’m taking today, I’m going home."

She's going home to one family, but leaving another.

"It's a wonderful family," said Bonnie Escamilla, head administrator of the home. "There is such a bond."

Escamilla has tried to turn around the home since she took over administration from the former Victoria Haven. "We have worked hard on trying to create a better atmosphere for the residents and staff."

But their hard work is for naught.

She says the financial backing has fallen through and they must be out at the end of the month.

"We are contacting other homes in the community. We are definitely using their support. We've even had smaller private homes interested in taking in some of our residents," added Escamilla.

As for the residents, they feel like they haven't gotten proper notification or an explanation.

"As of now, we have not received any notification, not even a proper announcement has been made, " said Burke. "It's basically been word of mouth."

Jim Crawford, a managing partner for the home, says the state only requires them to give 14 days notice if the facility is closing.

He adds that the facility has been losing in the thousands a month. He says there just isn't enough people to support it.

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