Local Assisted Living Home To Close

By: Mary Robb Jackson

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The month of September includes “National Assisted Living Week,” but some seniors living in one local facility are not likely to feel like celebrating.

Ridgepointe Senior Living on Brownsville Road is a 116-bed facility that is a mix of assisted living and Alzheimer’s patients’ accommodations.

It will close its doors for good on Oct. 31.

Officials at the center would not disclose how many people are still living at the facility and would be affected by the closure.

Ridgepointe is owned and operated by Five Star Quality Care, Inc. based in Newton, Mass.

The statement from Five Star’s legal counsel reads in part:

“The cost of operating and maintaining the facility is considerably higher than the revenues it generates and continued operations are no longer feasible. This was an extremely difficult decision.”

“This is the second place they closed. They closed one about three years ago. People from there moved over here,” one man said.

Joseph Tarr is moving his sister five miles away to a newer facility. They were only notified of the closing on Sept. 6.

Mary Robb Jackson: You think they should have given more notice?”

Tarr: I think so.

Ridgepointe is working with families to find alternative long-term care providers. There is no word on what will happen with the staff.

The parent company said the place will stay open until all residents are transferred.

However, it appears that Oct. 31 is a firm date.


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  • sandra yavoich

    i think that ridgepointe assisted living should have focused on the major repairs of the building instead of all the cosmetic remodeling. i also think that the management of the building could have been better. when i am approached by someone looking for a facility for their loved one i tell them not to look at the facility as looking nice but to talk to the residents and families to see what type of care they are getting. i am a person who looks out for the elderly population and want them to get the absolute best care they can get. i believe ridgepointe could have stayed open if they would have done things differently. there was too many bosses and not enough employees. i wish i would have the chance to speak my mind to the corporate company to tell them my views on the closing of the facility.

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