The nursing home saga continues

New county exec. pushes for change, but disagreements persist

— For 2012, about $8.6 million in IGT funding is expected to come in, but the county will only end up receiving about $4.7 million in net revenue when taking the local match into consideration.

That doesn’t take into consideration the costs of building a new home, which the Legislature recently addressed. New York State Department of Health projections show building a new home would perform even more poorly at a $26.3 million operating deficit.

Chairman of the Legislature Shawn Morse released a statement claiming that number is inaccurate and some legislators are clamoring for clarity.

“I don’t know how you come to a decision on what is the best way to go without having some agreement on what the numbers actually are,” said Legislator Richard Mendick, R-Selkirk.

According to Morse, the DOH refused to accept numbers the Legislature presented in a certificate of need application filed to build a new nursing home facility.

“It’s very difficult to get anything done when the State of New York is playing games and trying to make this a difficult process. Trying to get information from them is very difficult when they won’t talk to you, so I think we have a plan, it’s just a matter of trying to get the steps put together,” said Morse.

Morse said while the legislative minority will “be respected and have a right to be heard,” the majority will ultimately make the final decision, which thus far is to build a new nursing home facility.

“Building a new nursing home will save money, period. Not because of the bricks and mortar solely, but because it’ll be the right size with the right size staff and it’ll save us money,” said Morse.

The current nursing home is a 250-bed facility, and the new one would house 200 beds. There are about 45,000 seniors over the age of 65 in Albany County.

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