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KM Homes closing its doors

KM Homes, a personal care home in St. Alban’s that has served residents of the Coast of Bays for 20 years, will close its doors on Dec. 31.

The 16 residents living there were given 90 days’ notice in early October.

Daphne Willcott, an official at KM Homes, said the situation came down to finances, as the facility — which can accommodate 30 seniors — has been operating with only 16 clients for a period of time and there is no indication there will be additional admissions in the near future.

Some nursing homes across the province are experiencing lower accommodation rates as many seniors opt to stay at home and receive home care in their residences.

And by the time some seniors need a greater level of care, they require services that are not always available at nursing care homes.

Willcott said that 13 of the seniors living at KM Homes will move to Twin Towns in Grand Falls-Windsor, while the other three people will move to St. John’s, Gander and Lewisporte.

Jessie Sheppard, 88, who is originally from Wreck Cove, has been a resident at KM Homes for about three years and is relocating to Lakeside Home in Gander.

Her daughter, Audrey Snook of Harbour Breton, said Oct. 28 was a sad day for the family when they learned that their mother would have to be transferred to Gander.

“People understand the financial situation, but a lot of people are very sad about this situation, as KM Homes was an excellent personal care facility,” Snook said. “Mom received great care there and we could visit her fairly often. I was at KM Homes recently and I can tell you a lot of tears were shed about this matter. The staff and clients there were somewhat like a family and now it has to be split apart.

“We were hoping to have Mom placed in Harbour Breton, but no room was available at this time at the health-care clinic. We will try to visit her as often as we can in Gander, but the situation is going to be very different, especially during the winter.”

Snook said her family will continue to work toward having her mother move to Harbour Breton.

“She wanted to come to Harbour Breton,” Snook said, “and hopefully she’ll live long enough to see it happen.”

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