Nursing Home Closing - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Nursing Home Closing

 

 


Nursing Home Closing
By: Wendy Ray

For the second time in less than a month a Heartland nursing home is forced to shut it's doors, the latest victim of Illinois state budget cuts. Meridian Manor in Mounds just announced it is closing.

According to the director of nursing there, the state hasn't given Meridian it's payments for the past four months. The state has also taken around 5-thousand dollars away from the facility. The news is causing concern among the elderly population in Southern Illinois. Most of the elderly people we talked to Friday say it bothers them that Meridian Manor is closing, but they're more concerned that even more nursing homes may shut down.

Valentine's Day is cause for celebration at the Union County Community Center in Anna, but news that Meridian Manor is closing, has some of the seniors there anxious. "Nursing homes are important, especially for people who have someone in them," Mae Arbuckle says. Arbuckle's daughter is in a Southern Illinois nursing home. She's worried that state budget cuts may force that home to close, and maybe others. David Hutchinson feels the same way. "I think that should be the last thing they cut back on," he says. "I know money's tight but geez, that would be a catastrophe."

According to workers at Meridian, ten have been moved, they hope to move 20 more by February 20th. Meridian residents aren't the only ones getting hurt. 50 employees will be out of work. Closing is a reality everyone at Meridian will have to face soon, and one that seniors think isn't fair. "I don't think we should forget our elderly people. If it was not for them we wouldn't be here," senior Jenny Bridgeman says. "Older people have spent too much time supporting this country, I think they deserve some recognition," Hutchinson says.

Meridian Manor has been serving residents since 1972. February 28th will be the last day it's officially opened. It's the only nursing home in Pulaski County. Meridian owns a nursing home in Mount Carmel Illinois, that one is also being closed.

  • SPONSORED BY SOUTHEAST HEALTHHealthMore>>

  • New device could help chronic sinusitis sufferers

    New device could help chronic sinusitis sufferers

    Monday, August 20 2018 10:36 PM EDT2018-08-21 02:36:57 GMT
    (Source: Pixabay)(Source: Pixabay)

    The Ohio Valley doesn't have a good reputation when it comes to sinus issues and allergies, but a new device is helping people breathe a little easier.

    The Ohio Valley doesn't have a good reputation when it comes to sinus issues and allergies, but a new device is helping people breathe a little easier.

  • Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

    Synthetic pot seen as a public health danger

    Friday, August 17 2018 12:35 PM EDT2018-08-17 16:35:48 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 8:35 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:35:28 GMT
    (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP). FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, paramedics and EMT members respond to one of three simultaneous drug overdose victims on the New Haven Green, a city park in New Haven, Conn. Police s...(Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP). FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 file photo, paramedics and EMT members respond to one of three simultaneous drug overdose victims on the New Haven Green, a city park in New Haven, Conn. Police s...
    What is synthetic marijuana and why is it so dangerous?.
    What is synthetic marijuana and why is it so dangerous?.
  • US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    US approves new generic competitor to EpiPen

    Thursday, August 16 2018 3:47 PM EDT2018-08-16 19:47:00 GMT
    Monday, August 20 2018 8:35 PM EDT2018-08-21 00:35:26 GMT
    The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)The new generic version will be sold by Teva Pharmaceuticals. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

    US officials approves new generic competitor for emergency allergy medication EpiPen.

Powered by Frankly