Neighbors, health care professionals react to Sioux Falls nursing home closure
Another nursing home is closing its doors.
Tuesday Black Hills Receiver said they have proposed a plan to close Covington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sioux Falls, but many wonder what this will mean for those living there and their families.
“I am very concerned about how many more we may see and it’s not just small communities as you are well aware in the last day or so with the closure here in Sioux Falls,” Avera Center for Public Policy Senior Vice President Deb Fischer-Clemens said.
Nursing centers throughout the state of South Dakota are closing their doors.
Covington Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sioux Falls will soon join that list.
The South Dakota Health Care Association saying it is the seventh closure in the last three years.
So what’s the cause?
“One it is definitely reimbursement,” Fischer-Clemens said. “That’s the greatest percentage of the issue is the reimbursement from the state and federal government and for individuals ability to pay for care. “The second reason is because of workforce.”
Darlys Thompson has lived across the street from Covington for more than 30 years.
“I had a friend that had physical over there and she turned out very well,” Thompson said. “They treated her very nicely, helped her out, a lot of different things.”
Now all of the residents at Covington will have to find a new place to stay.
“It’s really sad to know what’s going to happen to all those people because that’s been their home for a while and some for a long time,” Thompson said.
Sometimes that means traveling a distance to find a place with open beds.
“Individuals may have to go 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, 70, 80 miles to get to a nursing home,” Fischer-Clemens said. “So it will be a challenge for those families, a challenge for those residents. Whether it’s Tripp, whether it’s Madison, whether it’s Sioux Falls we all have the same scenario.”
“It’s hard for older people to move anyway and then to find out that you just have to be moved whether you want to be or not and what the new facility might have in store for them, who knows,” Thompson said.
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