Presbyterian Homes has announced it will close The Highlands at King Home, a free-standing assisted living community in Evanston by this September.

The non-profit, which operates life plan communities in Evanston, Lake Forest and Arlington Heights, says all residents and staff of King Home have been offered the option to transition to comparable residences and services at its Westminster Place in northwest Evanston.

In a news release, Presbyterian Homes says the decision to close King Home was both business-related and mission focused, and was reached after nearly two years of discussions and careful consideration of ways to increase occupancy in an increasingly competitive assisted-living marketplace.

The release says King Home also operated at a considerable annual financial loss and the building requires major capital improvements in the years to come. 

“King Home no longer meets the demands of the market, nor does it operate as a continuum of care, which strays from our core mission and strategic plan,” said Presbyterian Homes President and CEO Todd Swortzel. “Of course, our commitment to King Home residents and dedicated staff remains as strong as ever. Our top priority in the months ahead is to map out a successful transition for everyone affected by this decision.

The release says the Presbyterian Homes board has made no decision yet about the King Home building or surrounding land.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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