San Francisco’s Century-Old Nursing Home To Close Due To Lack Of Finances

A San Francisco home for the elderly announced today that it will close after more than 100 years in the city due to deteriorating finances.

The University Mound Ladies Home will close July 10 and is currently working to find alternate living arrangements for its 53 remaining residents, officials said today.

The historic facility, which was created with a $100,000 endowment left by philanthropist James Lick in the 1880s to serve elderly women in need, was initially known as the Lick Old Ladies Home. It now serves men as well.

The home exhausted its endowment by 2008, and was saved from closure at that time by an outpouring of community and political support. It continued to provide lower rates than other assisted-living facilities, but faced increasing capital needs, debt and monthly bills as well as a lack of revenue, officials said.

Fleming said the board continued to explore all options for continuing options but had advised residents on May 7 of the impending closure.

“While we had hoped to avoid this unfortunate final chapter, no viable alternatives have presented themselves,” said Mary Louise Fleming, chair of the home’s board. “As a result, we are now working with families and placement agencies to locate new home for our residents and ensure as smooth a transition as possible.”

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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  • I disagree with the Board of Trustees at the University Mound Ladies Home. I believe there are viable alternatives to keep UMLH open and avoid the relocation of 53 frail elders from their home. The Mayor’s office and the SF County Board of Supervisors should have the ability to step in and appoint a new Management Company to care for these residents. The Pacific Institute seems to be willing and able do this. While there may be a lack of revenue for continued operations right now, there is a lot of equity in the real estate to generate cash flow to keep the doors open. The UMLH board of Trustees could donate the property to another Non Profit residential care operator (Possibly,The Pacific Institute or another viable enitity?) that has the skills and know how to operate the community and to reach out to local banks and donors willing to save this home. The current board has done all they can do and now it is time for them to pass the torch. There needs to be political backing from the Mayor and the SF Board of Supervisors. If we allow this community to close, we have failed as a city and county to protect what is most important to all of us…The lives of our most dependent and frail elders. Let’s put our egos aside and band together as one community of caring people to do what is in our best interest. Let’s help each other. If there is a will…there is a way.

    • PatrickMonkRn

      I could not agree more. I was a visiting RN Case Manager for a number of hospice patients there back in the day. Why is this the first we are hearing about this. Why is there no mention of it on their web site. What have the trustees been up to. Do they have other plans for this valuable piece of real estate. If the Pacific Institute is willing and able to take the reins they should be encouraged to do so. There are other successful local organisations who might also be interested in participating; Nader Shabangi and the folks at AgeSong immediately come to mind.
      Just my 2c.
      Patrick Monk. RN Hospice Case Manager. SF. Ca.