Mountainside Senior Living

The Mountainside Senior Living center in Crozet is changing ownership.

Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet is being sold from the nonprofit Jefferson Area Board for Aging to a for-profit company.

As of Friday, the facility is managed by English Meadows Senior Living, a company that, according to its website, has eight facilities across Virginia. Mountainside staff and residents will be able to stay at the facility.

Marta Keane, CEO of JABA, said English Meadows ultimately will buy Mountainside once state licensure has changed over. She said JABA has struggled to keep the facility financially sustainable without the infusion of additional funds over the last 18 months.

“We realized that we wanted to find a solution that would allow everyone to remain where they were and would allow us to continue to be fiscally responsible to JABA,” she said.

Part of the sale guarantees that current residents would stay and that there is a continued commitment to a percentage of low-income spaces, Keane said.

Mountainside has been managed by JABA for about 17 years, Keane said. A memory care unit opened in 2017.

On Tuesday afternoon, JABA met with staff to talk about the management change, and letters were given to the residents and emails were sent to families, Keane said. English Meadows CEO Mike Williams will be onsite to talk with staff and families.

“I think one of the most important things is the staff’s staying; that’s really who the residents are connected to,” Keane said.

Even though English Meadows is for-profit, Keane said they have a similar mission for the facility.

“They saw the potential in it, and that’s what we wanted,” she said.

Allison Wrabel is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7261, or @craftypanda on Twitter.

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