By Joy Stephenson-Laws,
Many hospitals, despite their best efforts to remain open, will need to make the difficult decision to close their doors. This is simply an unfortunate reality of today’s healthcare economics. Declining reimbursement and lower patient census have become the norm in many areas. Whether these closures occur in a rural community or a more urban setting, one group that inevitably finds itself disproportionately impacted are seniors. Seniors usually represent a significant percentage of the patient population affected by hospital closures.
Many seniors were born and raised in communities serviced by one local hospital and decided to spend their adult lives there. Others make the deliberate decision to move and retire in such communities. Now, with the closure of their local hospital, they may find themselves miles away from the nearest hospital.
Hospital closures in more rural areas can result in the nearest hospital being more than 20 miles away. Given this situation, seniors understandably may feel somewhat concerned about and abandoned by the healthcare system when this happens.[Read more…] about Mitigating The Impact of Community Hospital Closures on Older Patients