NH Assisted Living Facility Closes Due to COVID-19 Challenges
This is heartbreaking news, but the family had to make the tough decision to close.
Rosehaven, the Assisted Living Facility in Merrimack, NH will have to close due to challenges presented by COVID-19, according to a report from WMUR. The report says that staffing is their biggest challenge. Although the residents remain COVID-free, one of the staff who does the overnights for them, had to quarantine for 14 days, which meant, the day staff had to stay on for the overnight shift too. There are also challenging guidelines coming up for assisted living facilities that will be a challenge to small homes like this one.
Cindy Gaudreau, the owner of the facility, said in the WMUR report that she will miss the 2am calls for help. She also says that she is worried that it will change her entire family dynamic, since many family members work there.
Rosehaven is near and dear to my heart because my Uncle George Latour spent his last days there. George was a resident of Nashua for his entire life and he lived to be 103 years old. Yup, 103 years old! I just talked to Cindy, the owner of Rosehaven on the phone and she said she remembers George fondly. She used to drive him downtown for errands and he would talk to her about all the places he walked around in. I never knew that she drove him downtown! What a great place.
There are other assisted living places that I'm sure are having a hard time right now and I would love to help them, but I don't know how. How can I make the staff and employees feel a little better about the circumstances they are still in months after this whole thing began? I will keep thinking. If you have any ideas, let me know!
Thank you Cindy and Rosehaven for being so kind to all the people you have served throughout the years.
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