Long-term care facility in Donaldson to close
A continuing care retirement community in Marshall County is set to close its doors. In a notice to the state, Donaldson-based Catherine Kasper Life Center Inc. said it will cease operations at the end of March, affecting 60 employees.
The notice, dated Feb. 1, was filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification, or WARN, Act.
CKLC is operated by the Poor Handmaidens of Jesus Christ in Donaldson.
In a statement posted to the congregation’s website last October, Sister Shirley Bell said the PHJC and the center’s board of directors had been searching for a partner to assume the sponsorship, governance and management of the CKLC, but were unsuccessful.
The nonprofit added COVID-related challenges made it increasingly difficult to safely operate, including labor shortages, census shortfalls, and overall higher costs without increased income sources.
The CKLC campus in Donaldson includes the Catherine Kasper Home, which provides skilled nursing care for individuals needing daily assistance, and the Maria Center apartments, which allows for independent living.
Bell said the PHJC was planning to form a new corporation to provide aging-in-place, non-licensed personal care services for Maria Center residents and, if possible, those from the Catherine Kasper Home.
“This new corporation will not be able to provide nursing or rehab services; these would need to be obtained through a licensed and certified home health agency,” said Bell.
Inside INdiana Business has reached out to PHJC for an update on those plans, but did not immediately receive a response.
The closure of CKLC and layoffs are expected to take place March 31.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.