Owner of South Boston nursing home plans March shutdown

Kindred Healthcare of Louisville, KY, has notified state regulators it plans to shut its Harborlights nursing home on East 7 Street by the end of March.

In a letter to the state Department of Public Health last week, the chain said it tried to keep the 89-bed facility open by selling it to another operator but that "with regret, and after much deliberation, the decision has been made to close Harborlights due to market conditions."

Kindred had announced this summer it was getting out of the skilled-nursing business.

State regulators must now schedule a public hearing on the proposed shutdown.

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Developer will buy building; turn into condos - ("the decision has been made to close Harborlights due to market conditions."). Gentrification here is inevitable, but Southie in particular is turning into fake Boston.

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You're clearly not from Southie

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..Because I totally agree with him. The new demographic is upper-middle class, suburban-white kids in the age range of about 23/24-35. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, it's basically all short term residents. I'm sorry, and this may just be me, but you are not a true Bostonian if you move to Southie as a temporary detour in your 20s, with the plan to move back out to the suburbs shortly down the road.

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People who support developers

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and gentrification and densification of Boston are the new Bigots. Pushing low, middle class, families and minorities out of Boston.

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Agreed

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I think gentrification's biggest turnoff to lifetime city residents is that the majority of the newbies ("yuppies") have no interest in staying - hence, have little interest in getting to know their neighbors, contributing to the community, etc. It's really just a slightly older college town at this point - with mainly finance assholes whose only concern is what to order at Lincoln on Friday night.

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Seriously

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Why would anyone stay when the "originals" have such a shitty and obnoxious attitude? You're a Bostonian if you live in Boston and pay tax to the City of Boston. There's no other test to your Bostonian card. You have no clue who is planning on staying or who is moving after a few years.

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go take a lap around Charlestown, I've never seen condo buildings so dense. It went first, now Southie following suit.

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Really?

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You've NEVER seen condo buildings so dense? Have you visited any city anywhere? The North End? Back Bay? Manhattan? San Francisco? Chicago?

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Sorry for not being crystal clear there, tough guy. I meant the new construction, built up to take up every inch of every lot. Charlestown went first, now Southie won’t stop until everything is developed to squeeze every last dollar out of every square inch, then Dorchester will be next.

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"Market conditions"

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Gee. Perhaps Herb Tarlek's Gary LaPierre's endless pitches for the legal team that advises how to cheat nursing homes out of their fees are actually working.

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???

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How is trying to save a family home for a spouse cheating nursing homes out of their fees.

My parents put a financial plan in place many years ago so that if one of them ended up in a nursling home the other would not lose the house. The everyday day 'Joe and Jane Shmoe' need some type of protection due to one of them having a catastrophic change in health care requirements needs.

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Sorry if my comment somehow offended you

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But every time I hear one of those ads, especially when they get to LaPierre's comment "They Helped Me. And They Can Help You." I cannot help but be immediately reminded of the WKRP episode where Herb Tarlek, the sales manager, started running ads for Shady Hills Rest Home again (they had been discontinued a couple of days after the station changed to a rock format) because the owners threatened to kick his mother out of the place.

Most people I know who've heard the ads - one of my co-workers plays WBZ 1030 most of the day, so it's hard not to notice how frequently they run them - although not familiar with the WKRP episode in question, have also questioned whether these lawyers would give an average person the same deal and advice they gave LaPierre.

If I were running the world, or at least head of the FCC, I would prohibit current and former on-air personalities from doing on-air advertisements for sponsors (which WBZ has been increasing of late), especially when they tout how they're a current or former customer of the product or service. It's a little thing called perceived conflict of interest.

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Wow.

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Wow.

Those services don't short the nursing homes/rehabs out of any money. They just allow the "old folks" the chance to hold onto more of their money, longer. It shifts more of the burden to Medicare/Medicaid/etc...

And, yes, an "average person" can get that kind of deal. Asset protection and pre-planning and all that is real - and legit. My parents used a local expert (not GL's sponsor) a few years ago. A little late for the best pre-planning, but still made a world of difference.

Also, sponsors using the station's on-air talent is fine. They're pretty good on making clear when something is paid programming. The far more insidious example at WBZ is the Toyota Innovation Minute (or whatever they call it).

much bigger than just Southie

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Kindred is getting out of the nursing care business all together. In Massachusetts there are 7 other nursing homes and 1 assisted living facility closing due to this decision.

While I cannot disagree with any business changing how it does business; I believe that certain businesses should be held to a different standard. Nursing homes and other residential care facilities should be required to set in place a 24 month closeout plan to allow both residents and staff to have the proper time to make arrangements.

While the ship has sailed on the Kindred plan; we need to do better for the next round of closings. Because there will be more closings. More people are trying to live longer in their own homes, with the new Federal tax plan and anticipated Federal Budget cuts; Medicaid payments are not going to cover these long term programs well.

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