Tue. Jan 18th, 2022
Stow Mayor John Pribonic chats with some of the few remaining residents of Stow-Glen Retirement Village on Aug. 6, a little more than a week after the facility announced it was closing. Pribonic quickly rallied scores of volunteers to help residents move out of Stow-Glen within days because the facility had no money to pay its staff or vendors.

Long-term care centers across the U.S. say they’re under financial strain amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Stow-Glen Retirement Village, already on shaky financial footing, the strain of dropping revenues and rising costs — including personal protective equipment and staffing — was too much.

It collapsed into chaos at the end of July, pushing most of the 200 residents out within days.

Interviews, combined with state and court records, tell the story of Stow-Glen’s demise. But some elected officials fear other abrupt closures of long-term care centers could follow.

In Summit County, a nursing home task force is developing protocol for what to do if that happens.

In Stow, the mayor rallied an army of volunteers to help move residents and make sure the ones left behind were fed.

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