Other States Absorb Costs for Shortage of Nursing Home Beds

A wife is struggling to find nearby care for her husband and other senior citizens that have to enter nursing homes in other states due to a shortage of available openings. The situation is even more complicated for patients with special mental health conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, as there are fewer qualified nursing facilities to provide specialized care.

This bed shortage also has families having to travel long distances to see loved ones and a lot less often. When families drive two hours round trip, it decreases the likelihood that the visits will occur frequently, especially if family members are employed during the week and can only travel on weekends.

Not having enough bed capacity to accept residents also presents a burden of costs to the states, taxpayers and other nursing homes across state lines when Medicaid and Medicare has to supply the cost of care and daily allotments to nursing home facilities. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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