Three Maine nursing homes announced closures this week, and more appear imminent

September 1, 2021

Three Maine nursing homes announced they will close this week and more closures are likely soon as the facilities that care for the state’s frail and elderly population struggle to overcome severe staffing shortages.

A trade association that represents 92 of the state’s 93 nursing homes confirmed the closures Wednesday and called on the state to release millions of dollars that could be used to support an industry suffering from COVID-19 fatigue, the rise of the delta variant, and a long-term care provider community stretched too thin.

The closures will leave dozens of residents and families uncertain about their future. The Maine Health Care Association estimates that about 100 residents in the three nursing homes will be affected by the closures.

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