'Values of our society': Nursing homes shut down, close wings amid COVID staffing crunch

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COVID-19 staffing crunch forces nursing homes across US to shut down

  • More than 300 nursing homes across the US have closed or are winding down operations since 2020.
  • Nursing homes that serve primarily poor residents in urban and rural areas have been hit the hardest.
  • The closures could complicate reform efforts by the Biden administration to improve staffing levels.

A 99-bed nursing home in one of Cleveland’s poorest neighborhoods will close its doors in less than two months.

Like many nursing homes in urban and rural pockets of America, Eliza Bryant Village has struggled to maintain operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Costs are too high and reimbursement isn’t enough. The home loses more than $100 each day for every resident covered by Medicaid, which represents about 95% of the home’s population. 

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