Michigan: Nursing home shortage looming in Motor City

Share this article:
Michigan: Nursing home shortage looming in Motor City
Michigan: Nursing home shortage looming in Motor City
Nursing homes in Southeast Michigan are experiencing a budget crisis, and the area could soon face a shortage of skilled nursing facilities, according to a recent report.

The Detroit Area Agency on Aging on Sept. 29 released its findings on the state of local long-term care. As many as 17,000 seniors in Detroit over the last decade died sooner than their suburban counterparts due largely to lack of access to quality long-term care, according to the DAAA. Many of the city's nursing homes are too reliant on rapidly dwindling Medicaid funds, and the area nursing homes are closing at a rate of one per year, the report also states.

The DAAA recommends increasing Medicaid reimbursement rates, as well as boosting recruitment and retention efforts. The agency also suggests developing additional services and supports for long-term care residents.
Share this article:

More in News

ACO bill in House would waive 3-midnight requirement for skilled nursing care

Certain Accountable Care Organizations would be able to send Medicare beneficiaries to a skilled nursing facility without a prior hospital stay under a bipartisan bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives.

Increasing staff-to-patient ratios improves nurse safety, researchers find

A law setting mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has reduced the number of workplace injuries for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in California, according to recently published findings.

Life Care Centers takes Gold in Transitions category

Life Care Centers takes Gold in Transitions category

Life Care Centers of America has won the Gold Award in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards in the Transitions category.