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January 14, 2014

Sherburne assisted-living home to close

A 10-bed adult assisted living facility in Sherburne, the Pratt Newton Memorial Home, will close for good on Jan. 31, and the facility’s management is hoping a nonprofit organization takes over the building.

Located at 12 South Main St. in the village, the three-story building is licensed for 10 residents, but now has four occupants after three recently re-located, said Rosemary Jaytanie, the home’s treasurer.

The home’s planned closure has been approved by the state Department of Health and the Attorney General’s office, and “is now in its final stages of implementation,” the facility’s management said in a statement.

“It’s not a happy time,” Jaytanie said.

The management of Pratt Newton has made unsuccessful overtures to several health care facilities in the region about the possibility of taking over the home, she said.

Meanwhile, the staff is assisting the remaining residents in their search for new homes, she added.

The Victorian home was opened as a home for older women in 1932 through a donation from sisters Carrie Pratt and Grace Newton. They set up a trust to assist the home in its operations but the facility, which can accept only private pay residents, has encountered financial difficulties in recent years.

“Although there is a sense of a great loss in the village of Sherburne due to Pratt Newton ceasing operations, the board of directors is seeking out other not-for-profit organizations which may seek to locate in the Sherburne area,” Pratt Newton said in a statement.

“The greatest good that could come from the closure of Pratt Newton would be for the building to be taken over by an organization that would keep the light of charity, caring and concern burning for people burning brightly the way it has for 82 years,” the statement added.

Pratt Newton urged that anyone interested in exploring future use of the home to contact Helen Braun at 673-4372 or David Wern at 674-4402.

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