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By Matthew Searcy

JACKSON COUNTY -- A longtime nursing home in Jackson County is getting ready to close it's doors for good. The county began looking to sell its Rehab and Care Center in late 2011 because of the financial burden. Residents started moving out this week. 

"It's heartbreaking watching the residents leave here that have been with us for years," explained administrator Merle Taylor. "We have built relationships." 
 
In more than 50 years in business Jackson County Rehab and Care Center has served nearly 10,000 people. Seven patients were assigned to new care facilities on Tuesday.  
 
"These residents are an extension of our family and in some cases we are the only family for some of these residents," explained Taylor.  
 
Many residents will move to Manor Court of Carbondale, a new facility built to help with the transition.
 
"It was decided that this would be the best option," said Manor Court's consultant Barbie Moore. "They would close, and simultaneously we would  open and offer a quality option for the seniors of Jackson county." 
 
It's still unclear how many of the 87 remaining Rehab and Care patients will be transferred to Manor Court, but a handful have already moved in.  
 
"Yesterday there were six residents that were admitted here at Manor Court," said Moore.  
 
The closure doesn't just affect patients. More than 100 employees will also be impacted.  
 
"Some have found other jobs and some our just working part time with us as well as going to new jobs," explained Taylor.  
 
The Jackson county board is considering severance packages for employees. Employees are asking the county board for a cash payout or health insurance as part of their severance packages. 
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