Legacy Lodge

JuliAnne Thomas, right, visits her mother, A.J. Walter, outside the older woman’s room at Legacy Lodge in late March. Thomas had been visiting her mother outside her room almost every day since the assisted living facility restricted access due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Legacy Lodge’s parent company, Nye Health Services, said Wednesday that the facility would close March 31.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, Legacy Lodge's owner announced today that the facility will close March 31.

“It has been a very tough decision. This is a first for me, to have to close one of our campuses, and I have to be honest, it’s painful. The impact on our residents and their families is significant and we have 36 dedicated team members, too,” Russ Peterson, CEO of Nye Health Services, said in a press release.

The pandemic has taken a toll on the finances of nursing homes and assisted living facilities across the country, and Legacy Lodge is no exception. Only 36 of its 57 apartments are filled, the release said, which led the company to conclude that Jackson could not support the facility any longer.

The residents of those 36 apartments will need to find new places to live. St. John's Health is opening Sage Living later in 2021, but with the March closure, residents who are able to transition to that facility will still need to find new housing for the interim, and that facility will not offer assisted living services, meaning not all residents would be eligible.

Nye Health Services said in the release that the residents are its first concern, then finding the 36 staff members new positions is its second.

This is a developing story. See the Thursday Jackson Hole Daily for more.

Contact Tom Hallberg at 732-7079 or thallberg@jhnewsandguide.com.

Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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