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Re: “Under-Sold?

Not to mention, Tucson is already crumbling, and bankrupt- yet, the county sells an asset for 2 million less than possible, with all of those lame excuses? Sort of like me saying, for example- well, my house is worth $150,000 but I will sell it to YOU for $120,000 if you PROMISE not to ever paint it pink? And doesn't most of the county's $ come from the city of Tucson? And as far as mental patients wandering the streets- that has been the case with the mentally ill for decades, but it's just going to get worse as nursing homes are forced to discharge patients that only don't need that level of care (even though they may edn up homeless), but also are a money loser to provide for. Texas reported a plan a month or so ago to discharge 40,000 nursing home patients to save money. Used to be it was far cheaper to house these people in those rather than hospitals, so nursing homes proliferated (like rats)- but now the states don't even have the $ to pay for a minimal standard of living in nursing homes. Lot's of them are falling apart, anyway.

Posted by DaddyDavid on 09/17/2011 at 7:11 AM

Re: “Under-Sold?

Frank- when I worked there, the RNs sat around reading books, the CNAs were outside smoking, and the LPNs did all of the work in the place. Regardless, the place has twice the staff ratio of most, and that is not going to be the case when it's sold, surely you are aware of the LTC situation, if in fact you do work there. It's a bloated government agency, typical, other than it takes people no other place will. And there is no other place left in the state of AZ that is going to admit those patients if they are discharged. Simple facts of money, a collapsing state governement at all levels, and on, and on. If you want to see a follow up story, anybody at all- pretend you have a sane, mobile, pleasant, and cooperative mother, for example- who's sole source of payment is ALTCS (AHCCCS), and see if you find 'anyplace' that will accept her. A storm is brewing, and this is only the beginning.

Posted by DaddyDavid on 09/16/2011 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Under-Sold?

Sorry, Charlie. I've worked in nursing homes for 25 years in 3 states (including Posada Del Sol)- the typical staff count is one per patient. At 156 beds, that would be 156 employees, tops. this place is the most overstaffed of any I have worked at. But they do take patients that others won't, as a last resort. They have 300 employees? There is no way that place is being bought without serious cuts preplanned. Along with AHCCCS cuts twice this year, some places are attempting to discharge the nonprofitable patients (those on long term care, those with behavior issues that are not fully reimbursed for that added cost, and the likes), in order to focus either on Medicare (skilled, post-hospital) patients, and private pay. And Posada Del Sol is not going to attract private pay patients. Therefore, after the sale, not only likely will lots of staff be cut, but then also the patient count will drop, which will require more staff being cut. Several nursing homes have closed in Tucson (and in the Phoenix area) in the past ten years as it is. The average profit margin in the industry being 3% (less legal costs, which is a constant)- and having no state required minimum staffing ratios required, there will many sad people on the way to UC.

Posted by DaddyDavid on 09/14/2011 at 8:31 PM

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