NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — The locks were changed and the sign was removed from the front of the former Bedford Village and Rehabilitation Care facility Friday as the long-term nursing home shuttered its doors Friday.
Bedford Village is one of five long-term nursing facilities in Southeastern Massachusetts being shut down after their parent company, New Jersey-based Skyline Healthcare, failed to make payroll and pay vendors, eventually surrendering its licenses for the homes.
Nursing Supervisor Grace Williamson said all of the residents were able to find a new home and employees received their final paychecks.
“It’s been an emotional four weeks,” Williamson said. “I feel people were raced out of here. It was a real chaotic attempt to get everyone out of here.”
Earlier this month, Bedford Gardens and Rockdale Care and Rehabilitation Center closed their doors for good. Highland Manor Care and Rehabilitation Center in Fall River and Dighton Care and Rehabilitation in Dighton were also set to shut down on Friday.
Williamson said the 30-day deadline residents had to find a new home was unreasonable.
“A lot of our residents as well were here for 15, 20 years,” she said. “This was a family that has been broken up.”
She also expressed her frustration with Skyline, leaving them with one last message.
“Shame on you,” she added.
Eyewitness News has repeatedly attempted to contact Skyline Healthcare but the company’s listed phone number is disconnected and its website has been down.