Assisted Living Center Closing In Traverse Metropolis, Highlighting Need For Staff – CBS Detroit

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan (AP) – An assisted living center in Traverse City is closing, underscoring the demand for local labor and the scramble for new apartments for people suddenly faced with uncertainty.

Northern Star Assisted Living, a 65-bed facility, could be converted into a hotel, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

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The owners said having enough people to work was a challenge.

“It’s unfortunate that the need is there, but the hardest part is getting people to meet the need, getting people to do the work,” said Ron Clous, a partner and member of the Grand Traverse County Commission.

Northern Star administrator Amber Phillips said staff would find new homes for 46 residents, which was harder than finding new jobs.

“I got a lot of calls from people trying to hire our staff,” said Phillips. “You interviewed her right here in the building and anyone who wants her has a job.”

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She said she was “really afraid” that there will not be enough places in the region in the years to come to look after the vulnerable and elderly.

Most Northern Star residents have moved to Cadillac, Lake City, Kalkaska, or outside of the state, Phillips said.

Ross Cox, 33, lives in the Traverse City area.

“It’s a tough transition, a tough transition,” said Cox, who uses a walker and wheelchair. “People who are already unlucky now have so little time to find a place to go to move their entire lives.”

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