As we talked about yesterday, a recent survey found that nursing homes may lay off 20,000 people in response to the Medicare reimbursement cuts. But there are ideas floating about that some think could help facilities avoid the layoffs.
For one thing, perhaps computer staffing programs can help nursing homes identify expenditures to reduce, McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reports. Also, the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care suggests that the government phase in the Medicare cuts so they don’t hit budgets all at once, McKnight’s says in a different article.
So there may be hope, but no matter what, it’s always a good idea to ask about staffing when searching for a nursing home and to keep an eye on the quality of care a loved one is receiving after moving into one.
Leigh Ann Otte is a freelance writer who specializes in health and aging issues. She covers finding and paying for senior care for OurParents. If you have any questions about this post or need help finding senior-care options for a loved one, call 1-866-483-4896 to speak with a care advisor in your area.