Connecticut: After 50 years, a five-star nursing home closes — with a warning
For the last six years, Jeannette Crowe has called the Hughes Health and Rehabilitation Center home. The 84-year-old with multiple sclerosis expected to die at the five-star facility, surrounded by the staff that has become like family.
But all that changed last month, when Sam Flaxman — the grandson of the man who bought the West Hartford building in 1961 and turned it into a 170-bed long-term care home — walked into a meeting with the 81 residents still living at Hughes to make a stunning announcement: The nursing home was closing.
“One day they come to you and say, ‘We’re going to close.’ And it’s like, ‘What are you talking about?’ It’s a slap in the face,” Crowe said during a recent interview in her room.