Protests Escalate Over Eureka Nursing Home Closures
On October 7, 2016, Pacific Rehabilitation & Wellness Center issued a written notice to its residents that it is planning to close in 60 days. Pacific is the first of three Eureka nursing homes that Brius Healthcare is planning to close. The closure plans have been almost universally condemned by residents, family members, current and former legislators, ombudsmen, advocates, labor officials and others because it is expected that most of the current residents will be moved great distances from Eureka and isolated from their families, friends, caregivers and community. The planned closures of the three nursing homes would reduce the nursing home bed supply in Eureka by nearly 60 percent. However, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has approved the closure plans after earlier rejecting them.