Budget crisis threatens nursing homes in Michigan

Alan Wu

November 3, 2010

Nursing homes located in the southeast region of Michigan are facing a budget crisis that may result in many closures and cutbacks, according to Crain's Detroit Business.

These findings were revealed in a report conducted by the Detroit Area Agency on Aging, which found that an average of one nursing home in Detroit is closing per year and many are dependent on Medicaid funding. Additionally, there appear to be complaints about the quality of service.

"The long-term care system in Detroit is failing the most vulnerable members of our community, threatening their quality of life to age with grace and dignity," agency CEO Paul Bridgewater said in a statement.

However, the report also recommended some solutions that may halt the problem. Higher Medicaid reimbursement and boosting the available services and personnel at the facilities may help the nursing homes. Still, many in the area are caring for some of the city's poorest residents, which means that others may not even be able to afford the support.

Those looking for affordable alternatives to a nursing home may instead want to install a personal emergency response system in their home. This medical alarm can be used to contact family, doctors or caretakers at a moment's notice if assistance is needed.