Tears flowed, disbelief struck, questions flowed and some answers came, but the main question was why. That occurred Monday when news came that Pulaski Retirement Center on Route 11 in Pulaski would be closing its doors.
Officials said the facility, home to a number of residents who have adopted Pulaski as their home, would close July 13, a Friday.
COO Curt Davis said, “Pulaski Retirement Community can no longer afford to sustain operations at the Pulaski facility.”
He said the decline in occupancy over several years led to the decision to close.
There are and have been, vacant apartments at the retirement facility, with one future resident having moved furniture in only to be told they must remove it.
The residents have their doctors, pharmacists, bank accounts and other personal business, along with family and friends here.
The closing will not only affect those living there, but their families and others who visit. Where will these senior citizens go? No one can give a definitive answer at this time.
The decision to close did not come at a moments notice, although it was only a moments to the residents Monday.
Employees will also be affected. Some staff had previously submitted their resignations with plans to change jobs, effective in a few days.
What happens to elderly men and women who need special attention and are unable to completely care for themselves?
Where will they go?
What will happen to the facilities? Assuredly they will not be vacated to fall into disrepair?
Pulaski Health Care, the rehabilitation facility occupying the same building, is a separate business entity.
The rehab center is operated by Medical Facilities of America, headquartered on Penn Forest Road, Roanoke.
Pulaski Retirement Community also has its headquarters in Roanoke.
Answers are unknown at this time, but concerned citizens and agencies are at work.