Ida Culver House Broadview in Northwest Seattle plans to lay off 148 full- and part-time employees at the start of next year, according to a federal WARN Act notice. The layoffs are part of a plan to convert the skilled-nursing facilities at the retirement community to a new care model offering higher-level assisted-living and secured memory-care services.
As part of the transition, 53 current residents of the nursing home will be transitioned to new homes over the next 60 days, according to the company. The assisted living “plus” services that will be offered going forward offer residents higher levels of staffing and support with daily living activities, compared with typical assisted-living services. Memory-care services support residents suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, ensuring they receive appropriate care in a safe environment.
“We are sorry for the impact this has on residents, employees and their families and are taking action to support them through this transition,” says Eli Almo, chief executive officer of Era Living, the management company for Ida Culver House Broadview, which also includes independent-living and assisted-living facilities.
Ida Culver House Broadview, located at 12505 Greenwood Ave N., is one of eight retirement communities operated by Era Living in the Seattle area. The Ida Culver retirement community currently operates the company's only skilled-nursing facility.
The Ida Culver skilled-nursing facility will be remodeled to support the new care services, with the renovation slated to be completed in 2020. It will have some 50 employees and feature 44 apartment homes, some of which may have two occupants, according to a company spokesperson.
The expansion of the facility’s licensed assisted-living occupancy is subject to the approval of the Washington State Department of Health and Residential Care Services.