Presbyterian Homes Closes The Highlands at King Home
Residents and Staff to Transition to Westminster Place
Evanston, Ill. – January 12, 2017 – Today, Presbyterian Homes, a faith-based not-for-profit organization with Life Plan communities in Evanston, Lake Forest, and Arlington Heights, announced it will close The Highlands at King Home (“King Home”), a free-standing assisted living community in Evanston by September 30, 2017.
All residents and staff of King Home have been offered the option to transition to Westminster Place, a Life Plan community owned and operated by Presbyterian Homes and located just three miles west of King Home in northwest Evanston. Westminster Place is prepared to welcome all King Home residents and will provide them with comparable residences and services. King Home staff will be offered comparable open positions at Westminster Place.
The decision to close King Home is both business-related and mission focused, and was reached after nearly two years of discussions and careful consideration of ways to increase occupancy in an increasingly competitive assisted living marketplace. Additionally, King Home operates at a considerable annual financial loss and the building requires major capital improvements in the years to come.
“King Home no longer meets the demands of the market, nor does it operate as a continuum of care, which strays from our core mission and strategic plan,” said Presbyterian Homes President and CEO Todd Swortzel. “Of course, our commitment to King Home residents and dedicated staff remains as strong as ever. Our top priority in the months ahead is to map out a successful transition for everyone affected by this decision.
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