Officials have announced Heritage Rehabilitation and Living Center in Winthrop is due to close within 60 days. Kennebec Journal file

WINTHROP — The Heritage Rehabilitation and Living Center is set to close within the next 60 days, officials said.

Mary Jane Richards, chief operating officer of North Country Associates, which owns the Winthrop nursing home, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

While the facility has not issued a statement about the closure, family members of residents of Heritage Rehabilitation and Living Center said on Facebook they found out about it early this week. Officials said a news release was expected on Friday.

The 52-bed facility at 457 Old Lewiston Road offers rehabilitation and nursing services, according to its website.

Ben Hawkins, director of public affairs for the The Maine Health Care Association, said when living centers close, people can generally work with the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program to help find a bed elsewhere.

“Generally, there is a process for any facility closing to make sure they are able to find another bed,” Hawkins said.

The nursing home had been listed as a “special focus facility” by the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2022 after two patients wandered away in 2021. One was struck and killed by a vehicle.

Being a special focus facility means that it has been subject to additional inspections and could have faced penalties if it did not improve its performance.

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