Wildflower Lodge, an assisted living community in La Grande, has changed hands and is operating under new management.
Wildflower Lodge is home to 43 clients on the assisted living side and 22 in the memory care wing. The facility employs about 45 workers. The Observer/BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH
The facility, which includes a unit for patients with memory problems, is now owned by Lonestar Real Estate Fund, of Dallas Texas, and managed by LaVida Communities, an operator and manager of value-oriented senior living communities throughout the U.S.
LaVida Communities, a member of the Senior Resource Group family of companies, recently assumed management of 41 facilities formerly owned by financially-troubled Sunwest Management. Inc.According to Associated Press reports, Sunwest and its affiliates have defaulted on nearly $2 billion it owed banks and individual investors.
Sunwest, which was founded by Jon Harder of Salem, plans to ask a U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge to be allowed to restructure.
During the next several months, LaVida representatives plan to visit each community to evaluate a facility’s particular needs, engage staff and visit with residents and their families.
“This new leadership will bring about meaningful changes for residents, as they will now benefit from the experience and expertise of one of the industry’s most respected companies,” said Melissa Dennis, a spokeswoman for LaVida.
Wildflower Lodge is home to 43 clients on the assisted living side and 22 in the memory care wing. The facility employs about 45 workers.
Michael Grust, LaVida’s chief executive officer, said he is confident the new managers can make a difference in the lives of residents. But at the same time, he is not underestimating the amount of work that lies ahead.
“Immediately, we will seek to establish a level of confidence with those we touch, including vendors, residents and family members. Our goal is to bring stability to our communities, to cultivate trust and to create positive experiences for our residents and employees alike,” he said.
Senior Resource Group develops, owns and operates independent living, assisted living and Alzheimer’s and dementia care communities throughout the U.S.