Friday, October 5, 2018
Dwindling Numbers in Traditional Skilled Care Facilities Have Implications for Other Forms of Senior Living
The New York Times tracks more demographic information about occupancy in skilled care facilities:
For more than 40 years, Morningside Ministries operated a nursing home in San Antonio, caring for as many as 113 elderly residents. The facility, called Chandler Estate, added a small independent living building in the 1980s and an even smaller assisted living center in the 90s, all on the same four-acre campus.
The whole complex stands empty now. Like many skilled nursing facilities in recent years, Chandler Estate had seen its occupancy rate drop.
“Every year, it seemed a little worse,” said Patrick Crump, chief executive of the nonprofit organization, supported by several Protestant groups. “We were running at about 80 percent.”
Staff at the Chandler Estate took pride in its five-star rating on Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare website. But by the time the board of directors decided it had to close the property, only 80 of its beds were occupied, about 70 percent.
Revenue from independent and assisted living couldn’t compensate for the losses incurred by the nursing home.
As seniors elect to stay "at home" and as families struggle to make that happen, we are seeing ever evolving concepts in how to provide appropriate care and companionship. For more read, In the Nursing Home, Empty Beds and Quiet Halls.