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Hudson rallies behind shut-down nursing home

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It's a nursing home with a 40 year history in Hudson that many would say provided good service. Now that the future is in jeopardy, people are concerned.

"I myself thought someday this is where I'm going to go when I need a nursing home because it's home and it's home to a lot of people," Linda Larson said.

Larson runs a business just down the street and is a native of Hudson. She says that's why people were at the critical meeting, to find the best and most efficient way to re-open the nursing home.

"It employs a lot of people in our town, that's huge. It presents a huge worry for them now as to where they're going to find a job, make ends meet," Larson said.

And that seems to be on everyone's mind.

"We have people that go to our church that are elderly that had a loved one here. They were able to come up a few blocks to visit their family. Now they're having to drive out of town and some can't do it on their own. They're having to depend on someone else just to see their loved ones," Larson said.

Owners Joe and Charlie Ward are forced to give up their dream. But they're staying involved to make sure Hudson Healthcare re-opens and can offer the care people need.

"It's important for us to see people get their jobs and the people of Hudson who are elderly or need care to have a place to go that's close to home," Joe Ward said.

"It's going to be good to move forward. We can put that behind us and go forward and think of the best for Hudson," Larson said.

Right now, the owners are appealing the state's decision to shut down the nursing home. While they wait for their hearing date, they'll work with potential buyers. If they find someone to purchase the facility, they have a better chance of keeping it open as a skilled nursing home with more staff rather than an assisted living center.

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