UP Home Partners with WCHC to Help Keep Residents in Washington

August 20, 2020 - 9:30am

Washington, IA (August 20, 2020) – The United Presbyterian Home is pleased to partner with WCHC during the closure of their long-term care unit, the McCreedy Home. The UP Home has been working alongside WCHC in this transition to help keep these residents in Washington.

“When we began discussions with WCHC about the potential closing of the McCreedy Home, we were very interested from the get-go in doing what we could to help their residents stay in the Washington Community.  This is coming as a shock to many around the community, but we know as well as WCHC administration that even before the COVID-19 pandemic, running a nursing facility gets more difficult all of the time,” said CEO Erin Drahota. “We support the hospital’s decision knowing we can play a role to keep their residents in Washington.”

It is looking like the UP Home will be able to admit many of their current 22 residents over the next several weeks.  Typically, the UP Home’s nursing facility runs at full occupancy; however, with the COVID-19 pandemic, admissions have been low to help protect the well-being of staff and residents. 

“The timing has worked out perfectly, as we are prepared and able to welcome up to 15 McCreedy Home residents to the UP Home,” said Drahota. “Our admissions team has already begun meeting with the McCreedy team, talking with families and scheduling admissions.”

The UP Home does have several direct care staffing positions available with this increase in residents and are ready to take applications from McCreedy Home staff looking for a new position within the Washington Community. 

“We hope the hiring of some McCreedy Home staff will help ease the transition, if some familiar faces move to the residents’ new home alongside them” said Drahota.