Convalescent Center on San Juan Island is closing

Life Care Center on Spring Street in Friday Harbor. Photo from LCC's website

Life Care Center, the convalescent home in Friday Harbor, is closing. The corporation that owns the center announced the decision Wednesday morning, September 13, 2017. According to a  staff member no date has been set yet.  "Everything is in flux," she said.

No more information is available at this time. 

LLC is the only convalescent center in the islands. There are some private adult care facilities in home settings. The Village at the Harbour in Friday Harbor is an upscale full-service assisted living facility.  

10 comments

  • Jo Borchardt-Smith Saturday, 07 October 2017 22:18 Comment Link

    I am not a fan of Lifecare
    I was not optimistic about the future when i heard that corporation had taken over. My first thoughts were after finding out about the closure were: What will happen to the residents? What about the employess that depend on that place for work?
    What now for people that need skilled nursing?
    I am very sad this is happening to such a wonderful community.

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  • Dick/donna smith Saturday, 16 September 2017 18:09 Comment Link

    Shocked and disappointed but not really surprised..that's how I feel. Our son Scott has been in life care for over 20 years..when we moved to Oregon we left Scott there knowing how wonderful the staff was and the good care he would get and his sister kelly could check on him..we saw a problem in August when we came for Scott's birthday..we asked the director Janice if we needed to worry about closing the place she assured us she would do everything she could..corporate surprised even her, after all she bought a home so even she thought this was permanent..in time we can find a place for scottbut what about all the employees?? It's not that easy and no jobs like that on the island...when peace health moved in we lost help but the good ones stuck it out..we hear peace health puts those who need to recover after a stroke or serious illness they would keep them on the main land and would tell them they weren't excepting patients at life care. when we asked the staff they tell us we are taking patients..so who do we believe?? It sounds to me they are doing (Peace Health) everything they can to close the doors..are they wanting to take over life care??? Sure makes you wonder..a lot of the residents are older and need to have family and friends visit. now it's a expense trip off island and making it hard to see them on a daily base especially when their final hours come...if someone is going to take over we'd be the first to leave Scott in good hands with the present staff other wise it's 20 years gone only to retrain new doctors and staff..ones who have become a part of our family too, I will miss our hugs and seeing your kids and grandkids grow up..to the community who were there helping out with music, bingo, playing Santa clause, donating you time and energy we thank you from the bottom of our hearts..dick/donna smith\

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  • Grisha Krivchenia Thursday, 14 September 2017 10:11 Comment Link

    I hope that we will have the time to reflect on a solution that meets the needs for current LifeCare residents, while exploring the possibility of something really special for elder and convalescent care on the Island.

    I see the potential for some creative interventions here... a combined day care and nursing facility? Low-income housing for seniors and artists together?

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  • Jessie Thursday, 14 September 2017 09:07 Comment Link

    Possibly San Juan Care Facility in Anacortes would be interested in having another nursing home. The run a great business and have long time care givers and happy residents and folks who need short term care. It would be worth the effort for someone to contact them and ask.

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  • Lynnette Weinand Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:26 Comment Link

    Wow, this is so hard to wrap my mind around. I learned so much during my time as a cna there and met so many wonderful residents and friends, two of which met and married there and are still married! I hang Christmas ⯑ ornaments on my tree every year that one of the residents made for the cna's, that was over 25 years ago. I was able to borrow a wheelchair for my mom, who also used to work there, when our ferry arrived after the Senior Center had closed for the day. The ED trusted me and made it work out for us. Oh, and I still work for Life Care Center of America in Sandpoint, now as an RN, MDS Coordinator. I loved it there so hopefully next time I'm on the island I'll still be able to stop in.

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  • Doris M. Sumner Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:04 Comment Link

    To Kathy Paul: You & your husband took care of my mother, Lee Sumner, and we both attended your wedding at ICC. I worked there for 2 years in Activities when Cliff & I got divorced. I went back to my maiden name, Doris Sumner. Everyone I knew who worked there LOVED taking care of the residents, and we all were disappointed at the lack of appreciation and compensation by the Corporations that have owned it since you were there. Corporate Greed created the problems with staffing. It has always been my hope that it could become a non-profit, community owned facility...owned and operated by locals, paying living wages and treating staff with respect & compassion rather than treating them like "the enemy". The idea of a daycare program for the children of caregivers would also allow for the residents to interact with young & old alike people. This is a win-win situation for you. Volunteers are more likely to help out when it is a community venture. School children of all ages could be involved with musical or acting presentations. The Center could be vital and inviting again, as it was when Doreen & Gale Carter opened it many years ago. It was a warm & LOVING centerpiece in the community. LET'S SEE IF WE CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN AGAIN. OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS THIS FACILITY. WE NEED A LOCAL NURSING HOME. WE NEED THE JOBS FOR CAREGIVERS.

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  • John Hinchcliffe Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:59 Comment Link

    Bad, sad news. Maybe cooperation from the Hospital District, Peace Health, a private entity, and the community can work to keep this much needed service on the island.

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  • Jeanne Wilkinson Newell Wednesday, 13 September 2017 19:36 Comment Link

    Just got notice tonight that Life Care of the San Juan's is closing... this is devastating not only for my family and many other families but for the entire community of San Juan County. As a community we need to come together and try to stop this from happening!! Time is of the essence here people. Please lets wrap your heads around this and try to come up with a reasonable solution and help keep this facility open. One day we all may need a care facility to help us. Be it be for rehabilitation from a broken hip or from a major health crisis. We have been fortunate for so many years to have the nursing home here in Friday Harbor, close to family for love and support, but now we all get shipped off island.....

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  • Becca Krumenacker Wednesday, 13 September 2017 18:28 Comment Link

    This is sad news. It gives me pause in thinking about out future. ⯑

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  • Cathy Paul Wednesday, 13 September 2017 17:53 Comment Link

    OMG! NO! I worked there for 5 years. Even got married there. I can't believe this. Do sad. So many good memories. Why are they closing? Where are the people going yo go? They are mostly island people with family right there.

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