Silvercreek Assisted Living will cease nursing on April 1 and transition to an independent living facility. The owners cited staffing issues as the main reason for the closure of one of Wood River Valley’s two nursing facilities.
“Everyone wants me to keep this [assisted living option] open, including myself,” co-owner Anita Northwood said. “But it’s a matter of staff shortages.”
The 32-room property spans two separate buildings at the corner of McKercher Boulevard and State Route 75 in Hailey. It opened in 2018 as The Cottages, which at the time had 15 locations in Idaho. Before construction was completed, the company was sold to another entity and opened as Silvercreek Assisted Living, providing a “memory care” wing in a building for patients who needed levels of advanced care to manage dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease.
It is owned by Northwood, Mark Caplow and Northwood’s son, Justin Yarmark, who operates similar facilities in Texas. As a private fee-paying facility, Silvercreek does not accept Medicaid.
In December, the facility was facing enforcement action from the Idaho Department of Health and Wellness following a series of reports that facility staff had failed months earlier to protect residents, lacked resident medication as ordered, and was insufficiently staffed to respond to its residents. Needs.
The facility was back in full compliance on January 3, according to state records. But staffing issues continued, Northwood said at the time, causing management to reconsider its memory care and high acuity services.
Hiring difficulties have placed Silvercreek in a situation familiar to many senior care facilities across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Staff shortages have become an epidemic in themselves in this industry,” she said in January. “People left because it’s hard work.”
In an interview this week, Northwood said the memory care part of the business “has been closed for a while now.”
Northwood told the Express that of Silvercreek’s 15 residents, 11 are considering finding assisted living elsewhere.
“They go to Twin Falls and Boise, where the facilities are owned by larger corporations,” Northwood said. She said the facility, rebranded as Silvercreek Living, will now provide housing, meals and transportation services to people who are able to live independently. The company will authorize nursing and other care options on a separate contractual basis for its residents.
“It will be for people in the older generation who don’t need constant medical assistance,” Northwood said. “Silvercreek Living will provide a refreshing and active lifestyle that includes making new friendships, daily activities and tasty meals prepared by their in-house chef. Residents will find their maintenance needs are also taken care of, with a washer and clothes dryer included, and a full kitchen just outside your private apartment for preparing extra meals or snacks.
Cascadia Cove in Bellevue is the only remaining nursing facility offering assisted living services in the Wood River Valley. Unlike Silvercreek, The Cove accepts Medicaid coverage for residents. ￼