Health organization to close Fruita nursing home

Lori Randall
Lori Randall

Family Health West will transfer residents from the Courtyard Care Center in preparation of closing the Fruita nursing home.

“Given the rapidly changing nursing home industry, declining reimbursements and an aging facility, the decision was made and is right for the residents, families and the organization,” said Lori Randall, executive vice president of operations and chief nursing officer of Family Health West.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has approved a closure plan for the Courtyard Care Center,  scheduled to close effective Dec. 1.

Residents at the Courtyard Care Center will continue to receive care until they’re transferred to other facilities. Family Health West also is working with 80 employees affected by the impending closure to find them new positions within the organization and other long-term care facilities in the Grand Valley.

Family Health West will continue to operate the Oaks and Willows care facilities as well as the Colorado Canyons Hospital and Medical Center in Fruita.

Randall said the Family Health West board of directors, administrators and staff had hoped to keep the Courtyard Care Center open. “Unfortunately, we have determined that we will not be able to comply with the expanding regulatory directives in this aging building. In addition, Courtyard Care Center has continued to experience financial losses for many years.”

The Courtyard Care Center was built in 1979 and at its peak housed 150 residents. It gained national recognition for implementing new models of dementia care, including what was called the Main Street Experience with “shops” designed to stimulate the memories of residents.

“We thank the many wonderful residents, families and staff who have made Courtyard Care Center such a special place for the past 40 years,” Randall said.