Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln to begin shutting down long-term nursing services in 60 of 86 beds

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LINCOLN, Maine (WABI) – Colonial Healthcare in Lincoln will begin shutting down long-term nursing services in 60 of its 86 beds.

The facility intends to move to an assisted living facility.

Andrea Otis-Higgins, COO of First Atlantic Healthcare, which manages Colonial, explains that the two reasons for this decision are that MaineCare payments do not cover the costs of employing frontline workers and the number of unvaccinated workers.

Otis-Higgins said in a press release:

“The reluctance of many staff to vaccinate, coupled with the looming end state deadline for full vaccination of healthcare workers has been a significant factor. “

Staff were briefed, as were local long-term care providers who were asked to help find new housing for residents.

We are told that the facility offers affected employees jobs in the expanded assisted living program elsewhere within the First Atlantic health care system, and placement at other facilities.

Otis-Higgins added:

“Finding a job in the healthcare sector is a certainty at the moment and we are convinced that anyone who wants to work will have a job with us or with a new employer. “

Going forward, Colonial plans to serve private residents and patients eligible for MaineCare as part of the Expanded Assisted Living Program.

Otis-HIggins says they have asked the state for a MaineCare assisted living rate that will help maintain access to services in the Lincoln community and prevent the loss of more than 100 local jobs.

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