As Approximately 60% of the County’s Nursing Home Beds Face Closure, Residents Protest
In Eureka yesterday, a frustrated crowd gathered in front of Pacific Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. It along with two other Brius-owned care homes are supposed to be closed in Humboldt County soon. The protesters argued that these closures by Brius Healthcare Services which is controlled by LA-based multi-millionaire Shlomo Rechnitz will cause hardships for patients and their family members.
“The closure of Pacific Care Home, and others currently on the chopping block, will be catastrophic for individual patients, and our larger community,” argued Austin Allison, candidate for Eureka City Council who helped organize the protest. “These patient transfers will tear families apart and put our most vulnerable citizens at risk of trauma and death.”
According to an article in the Times Standard, “The company owns all but eight of the county’s nearly 460 nursing home beds. The closures would reduce the total number of skilled nursing beds by nearly 60 percent.” Read the rest of the story about the closures by clicking on this link.
Another excellent source of information is this North Coast Journal piece.