Which nursing home is most likely to close due to the state’s nursing shortage?
NEW YORK — The number of nursing homes in the state that are expected to close because of the state, which is grappling with a shortage of beds, has more than doubled over the past year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
The number reached 2,988 last week, an increase of 7.2% from the same time last year, NAMI said in a new report, adding that the increase in nursing home closings is largely driven by older residents who are unable to afford care at a younger age.
The nursing homes are mostly located in the Northeast and in the suburbs of New York City, but they are also clustered in lower-income neighborhoods, according the NAMI.
NAMI said it found evidence of a trend in which older adults in nursing homes and nursing homes for the chronically ill are less likely to receive treatment than those with similar ages and income levels.
Many older residents of nursing home and nursing home for the severely ill also do not have access to high-quality health care, such as primary care, Nami said.
“We’re seeing the impact of this crisis on our community,” said Susan Blodgett, executive director of NAMI New York.
This crisis has made the elderly and people with chronic health conditions more vulnerable to contracting infectious diseases, which are more common in the older population, she said.