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Historic Southie nursing home to close due to ‘aging building’

Boston Herald - 5/14/2024

The Marion Manor nursing home established in Southie in 1954 will be closing due to issues with the aging building, a facility administrator wrote in a letter to the home’s residents, staff and greater community Tuesday.

“We are writing today with some difficult news,” Marion Manor administrator Kahoney Anderson wrote. “After seven decades of proudly serving South Boston and surrounding communities, Marian Manor has notified the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) of our intention to close our current skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility.”

The South Boston building housing the nursing home, run by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, has “come to the end of its useful life” and the facility is intended to close in mid September while the sisters seek a new building, the letter states. The decision was unanimously supported by Marion Manor’s Board of Directors on Friday.

The facility includes 238 beds for long-term rehabilitation and nursing care. The manor also offers bed for older adults in need of short-term care or those recovering from surgery or serious illness.

Eight nursing homes across Massachusetts have closed within the last year, and two more, including the nearby Benjamin Healthcare Center in Roxbury, will close within the next three months.

Over the next several months, Anderson wrote, all residents will be assisted in finding an “appropriate placement” at a new facility of their choosing and have priority admission to any other facility sponsored by the Carmelite Sisters in Eastern Massachusetts. Marion Manor staff will also have the chance to be transferred to other facilities sponsored by the sisters.

The manor will also undergo the DPH process for closing, including notification and counseling of residents and a public hearing on the proposal to close. Information on the public hearing will be posted at the facility and made available upon request, and public comment can be filed with the facility or DPH up to the date of the hearing.

The decision was “not made lightly,” the letter states, and comes after decades of searching for relocation or redevelopment opportunities or any long-term solution for the facility.

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