Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton to close

FULTON, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Officials at Michaud Residential Health Services announced that they are pursuing a plan to cease operations and close within the year.

The Department of Health approved plan of closure includes a targeted closing date on or about Oct. 1, 2017.

Michaud officials have begun the process of notifying residents and their families, staff and community partners of the decision to close the facility.

“We have seen a steady decline in nursing home bed census county-wide for the last few years due to a number of factors, and we do not believe that this trend will change in the future,” said Greg Osetek, spokesperson for the organization. “In this time, Michaud in particular has experienced a significant decline in occupancy to the point that it has impacted our ability to maintain operations.”

Michaud is an 89-bed nursing home, with 64 residents.

“We know this is a very difficult situation for all involved but especially for our residents and their families, some of whom have been in our care since we assumed operations in 2005, and who call Michaud home,” said Osetek. “We will not close until every resident has been relocated to a provider of their choosing, and we will work with that provider to help ensure that any transition is the least disruptive as possible.”

Currently there is 113 full-time or part-time staff at Michaud. 

Administration at Michaud will seek to provide qualified staff with transfer opportunities at St. Luke Health Services so that they can maintain their employment. Michaud will work directly with non-union employees, and will work with 1199SEIU officials on behalf of union-represented employees to establish the terms for such transfers and to address the impact that the closing will have on our staff.

In accordance with the closure plan, Michaud management has immediately begun working with residents and their families to begin to transition them to the most appropriate and qualified care setting for each individual.

Relocation timing is dependent on each individual resident’s medical condition, preferences, and availability of appropriate alternative placement.

Residents and families seeking further assistance can also contact Ombudsman Joan Pierce 315-676-2866 or Diane Adler 315-963-7834.

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