Nursing home closures must be addressed

The announced closing of more Nebraska nursing homes simply adds to the struggle small rural communities are facing. Not only does it remove a care option for loved ones, it also removes an employment opportunity for a populous otherwise struggling to find non-agricultural work.

There are no easy solutions, but the situation does call for a statewide, if not national, discussion.

The Nebraska Health Care Association says the latest closures are located in Columbus, Blue Hill, Milford and Utica. The association says the homes employ a total of 240 workers and have 205 state-licensed beds. Closing the four allows the company that acquired them and others to keep the others open and operating successfully.



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