On October 1, 2011, the Hancock County Nursing Home is shutting its doors, according to the Herald-Whig. Due to Medicaid’s failure to timely reimburse the nursing home for the residents using the program, the facility has no choice but to discontinue operation. Although the facility has received some payments from Medicaid, it is well below the costs of operation. In addition to the lack of financing, the total number of residents in the facility has substantially decreased in recent years. The 57 bed nursing home currently houses only 34 residents.
The nursing facility, which was opened in 1970, explored many options in order to prevent closure. An attempt was made to sell the facility to another operator, but no bids were made. The closing of this facility continues a pattern that has proved to be frequently common in Illinois. In the past several years, over 105 Illinois nursing homes have shut down due to various reasons.
Fortunately, the nursing home is overseeing plans to make sure that all of its residents, as well as, employees are taken care of. The facility has begun individual meetings with residents and their family members to determine which facility they would prefer to transfer to. Additionally, the nursing home plans to help its employees locate comparable jobs after October 1st.
Our Illinois nursing home lawyers recently read about another county-run facility that will soon be privatized due to high operational costs. The impact of the economy has caused some undesirable consequences and unfortunately our elderly nursing home residents and their families have to suffer by the upheaval of their residency. We hope that with these changes, whether it is a change in ownership or the transfer of residents to new facilities, resident care and safety will not be compromised. It is crucial that facilities continue to operate within the standard of care in order to ensure that no Illinois nursing home resident will fall victim to abuse or neglect.