Sagamore Hills Estates senior living facility closes

by Laura Bednar

Sagamore Hills Estates assisted living facility on W. Aurora Road has closed, with residents moved out as of June 1.

Sinceri Senior Living, which operates over 77 facilities across the U.S., has managed Sagamore Hills Estates since November 2021. According to its website, Sinceri manages independent living, assisted living, memory care and skilled nursing communities.

A press release from Missy Day, vice president of marketing and communication for Sinceri, stated that Sinceri “quickly identified several key areas of opportunity for facility enhancements. After careful consideration of the complexity of the enhancements, the ownership group of the community [Sagamore Hills Estates] is currently evaluating how they would like to utilize the property in the future.”

The release stated it was the complexity of the enhancements that led to the decision to close Sagamore Hills Estates. All resident families were contacted by phone about the closure on March 31 with a follow-up letter sent April 1.

When Sinceri took over management, there were 45 residents. As of May 20, all residents had transferred to new communities with support from Sagamore Hills Estates, the local ombudsman and the Area Agency on Aging, according to the release.

Bobby Nero, executive director at Brentwood Health Care Center, said there has been a large influx of new patients in Brentwood’s assisted living/memory care building and nursing home as a result of the closure.

“From my understanding we helped about 20-25% of the residents from Sagamore Estates stay in their local community close to their families and friends,” Nero said.

He added that Brentwood is equipped to handle the growing numbers, though the care center is close to full capacity. “The most hectic part was all families wanted to move in at the same time,” he said.

Sagamore Hills Estates was Brentwood’s primary competition for assisted living and memory care, and Nero said the care center would likely receive more inquiries as the only provider in the area.

“We did provide rehab services to many of the residents at Sagamore Hills Estates so that may effect our rehab population in the future,” he said.

Sagamore Hills Township Trustee John Zaccardelli said the basic closing of the estates doesn’t affect the township. Owners of the building will still be responsible for all property taxes.

“Some concerns would be having a vacant building ‘eyesore’ or other development at that location,” he said. “We are hoping that another senior living facility would purchase and the operate at that location.” ∞