New York: New state staffing mandate the last straw for 137-year-old rural nursing home
After providing care in three different centuries, Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center is closing its doors due to regulatory and funding pressures.
The Jamestown, NY, skilled nursing facility has been struggling with the same string of problems facing other rural facilities, including Medicaid reimbursement rates that don’t adequately meet the facility’s expenses and a new staffing rule established earlier this year in New York.
“They’re suffering the same flight of funding shortfalls that most of the facilities in upstate New York are sharing,” Keith Chambery, executive director of New York Provider’s Alliance, told McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. “Along with regulatory staffing challenges, the shortfall in funding has caused facilities to stretch to the limit. This facility got there and saw the writing on the wall.”