Families of Holyoke Geriatric residents react to closing

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Questions continue to linger for families of residents at the Geriatric Authority of Holyoke.

It was officially announced on Friday the center will be closing its doors, leaving many of the residents' family members wondering what comes next, including Luis Colon, whose mother is a patient at the center.

Colon said he was alerted of the closing through a letter from GAH board members.

"It said it was going to be closing and that they have a plan in place by the law on how to do it," said Colon.  

A meeting was held Monday night between officials, residents and their families to discuss what comes next.

The meeting was closed to the public.

Colon said he went to it to find out what that plan is and what it all means for his mother.

"They tell us that they're going to give us plenty of time to find a better place or a place," said Colon. 

He said this is the second stint for this mother at the facility.

Her first lasted four years, and when she needed medical help again, Colon said his mother didn't want to go anywhere else.

"She liked it here. I brought her back here, and now this happened," said Colon.  

Colon said he is saddened by the outcome but has faith the board will do what's best for him and everyone involved during this time of transition.

"I feel sorry, you know, for the workers, for everybody," said Colon.

Residents will have roughly 60 days to find a new place to live.

A special board meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday night.  

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