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Ridgeway Place announces closure

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Imagine learning you have a few weeks to find a new place to live, days before Thanksgiving.

More than 70 assisted living residents received that news this week, and they're concerned where to go.

Ridgeway Place residents and their families said they were called to a special meeting this week, and officials announced the facility would be closing its doors in February.

Jim Scheppele was visiting his 98-year-old mother, Hazel Scheppele, on Wednesday.

Jim said, "We're calling a lot of the other facilities, and we're hearing a lot of them are full or on a waiting list, it's not panic, but we're wondering what the heck we're going to do."

Families who have traveled across the United States to see their loved ones here at Ridgeway Place this Thanksgiving say now they have to worry about where to relocate their loved ones during the holidays.  

Adding, it's bad timing for everyone.

"I"m really disappointed to find that she has such a short time, that even if they are closing that it's going to happen in the middle of winter. Obviously it's a really difficult time for the elderly to be moving around and making arrangements that time of the year," visitor Sean Brown said.

Brown flew with his family from New Jersey to visit Hazel, and he said he wishes there were more answers.

"We're still not sure why this is even happening or what the cause of this is. I guess, we'll find out shortly," Brown said.

Jim and Sean tell me Hazel has been a resident of Ridgeway for nearly 12 years, and they have until February to find a new home for Hazel.

According to a company spokesperson, they closed because they're going out of business, even though they tried to find other people to continue to operate the assisted living facility.

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