North Haven nursing home could be next to close

The operator of a North Haven nursing home is seeking state permission to close, making it the latest in a series of long-term care facilities to consider shutting down.

Clintonville Manor has 112 beds but only serves 84 people, operator Melissa Simonetti wrote in a letter to the state Department of Social Services, requesting an application for the approval necessary to close the facility.

“The decision to seek closure approval was difficult as we know that the relocation of residents from this facility will be disruptive and the jobs of our 85 dedicated full or part-time employees will be affected,” she wrote. “We have been unable to make the facility financially viable due to low occupancy and our efforts to sell the facility have been unsuccessful.”

A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 3, at Clintonville Manor.

This is the latest in a series of nursing home closures or requests to close. Last month, the operator of Wethersfield Health Care Center applied for approval to close the 210-bed nursing home, citing financial losses, too few residents, Medicaid payments that fail to cover costs, reduced Medicare payments and a state and federal initiative to move nursing home residents into the community. That request drew opposition from residents and the union representing workers, which argued that the closure was not necessary and suggested that it was related to ongoing contract talks at the facility and others under the same ownership.

Four other nursing homes closed earlier this year after an order from a Superior Court judge. The homes in West Haven, New Haven, West Hartford and Rocky Hill had been in receivership before the closure order.

Clintonville Manor is considered a rest home with nursing supervision, one of three types of nursing homes the state licenses.