Bethel Home in Viroqua to discontinue nursing home license

VIROQUA (WKBT) — A nursing home in Viroqua will shift away from being a Skilled Nursing Facility and become a Community Based Residential Facility as it deals with critical staffing shortages.

Bethel Home announced the change Monday, saying residents will be carefully transitioned to alternative care facilities of their choice.

“Critical staffing shortages and ongoing high cost of operations combined with low reimbursement rates requires action that secures our future providing Senior care in new ways,” read the statement from Bethel Home.

Ninety-nine percent of nursing homes in the U.S. have a severe staffing shortage.

Bethel Homes will have a community based residential facility to serve seniors who need support services, including medication management, therapy, mobility assistance and personal care. It will provide a more home-like setting for seniors.

“Closing our skilled nursing facility is a difficult choice, but one that allows our organization to grow and meet the needs of our senior residents’ under a different licensure,” it said.

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