FRUITA, Colo. — After three decades of operations in Fruita, CO, The Oaks Assisted Living will soon close its doors. Originally constructed from gifted “man camps” in the 1980s, the facility has effectively gone beyond its useful life.
“The Oaks was built by resourceful people and salvaged materials from the oil boom era,” explained Korrey Klein, President of Family Health West, the entity that owns and operates The Oaks. “After a thorough discovery process, we have concluded that the ongoing repairs and maintenance required by the facility would simply not be prudent,” he concluded.
The Oaks currently houses 50 residents. The process of transitioning those residents to other local assisted living centers is underway. “Our evaluation process included an assessment of available facilities in Mesa County,” explained Lori Randall, Chief Operating Officer, “We’ve come to the hard realization that the limitations of this facility are hampering our commitment to quality care. Higher-quality care facilities are available locally, and that’s what these residents deserve.” she ended.
The current staff of The Oaks will be offered positions at Family Health West. “We hope to retain all of the talented people that work at The Oaks,” said Jason Davis, Associate Vice President of Support Services. “We are actively working with staff for placement opportunities within the organization,” he added.
The care and maintenance of The Oaks has also been significantly impacted by the outpacing of the cost of care versus government healthcare reimbursements. “We are reimbursed at roughly half the cost of care,” explained William Cummins, Associate Vice President of Business Development. “You cannot continue operations in an aging facility where no reserve capital is available for ongoing upkeep and improvements.”
Klein added, “Our commitment to elder care has not diminished. We will continue to operate the Willows, our secure assisted living center, and we will look for new ways to serve the aging population of our community.”