5-star Connecticut nursing home to close after 50 years

Hartford, Conn.-based Hughes Health and Rehabilitation, a 170-bed nursing home, will close after being in operation for more than 50 years, we-ha.com reported May 1.

Samuel Flaxman, owner and president of the facility, filed the closing petition March 3. He cited low reimbursements and a growing trend toward the use of home- and community-based services as the reasons for closing. The nursing home has a five-star rating from medicare.gov.

Mr. Flaxman warned that the state's shift to fund more home healthcare options will cause more nursing homes to close.

"The state is very open about how they're looking to do multigenerational housing, and I think they expect more than like 50 percent of the residents who are leaving these nursing homes are going to go live with their family or live in a home-based community service," he told Hartford Business. "But I don't think it's true, and a lot of these folks are still going to other nursing homes and long-term care facilities, and at the end of the day, it's going to catch up with the state."

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