Closure of nursing homes becoming a crisis in western Massachusetts

CHICOPEE, Mass. () – Continuing coverage now on nursing homes closing here in western Massachusetts. 22News heard from state leaders, calling this ...

March 23, 2023
8:04 AM

CHICOPEE, Mass. () – Continuing coverage now on nursing homes closing here in western Massachusetts. 22News heard from state leaders, calling this a crisis for the commonwealth after one closed Wednesday in Chicopee. 22News spoke with State Senator John Velis who told us these closures are a failure of the state. Willimansett Center East in Chicopee was the first of four to shut its doors for good. Velis told 22News, the policy to ensure rooms are not full of residents, while good in theory, really impacted these facilities, and applying for a policy waiver was very difficult and not granted to most of these nursing homes 'If you think this is just a western Massachusetts thing, and these four facilities, there are 31 facilities apart of a lawsuit right now.

Kristina D'Amours