To meet the evolving needs and advances in senior care, the Jewish Home has grown to a nine-acre comprehensive care center, currently serving approximately 400 residents with diverse care needs. In the past few years, the Home has expanded to offer specialty geriatric care through its short-term and rehabilitation services program and acute geriatric psychiatry hospital.
In March 2011, we temporarily suspended applications for long-term skilled nursing care while we thoughtfully relocated people from our oldest residential building to other accommodations on our Silver Avenue campus. That circa-1923, non-sprinklered building – unable to support 21st-century care provided by our dedicated professionals and simply too costly to renovate – is not part of our vision for the future. So, as openings gradually became available in other locations on our campus, instead of admitting new residents from the community, we carefully matched current residents with new living opportunities.
However, the Home still faces serious challenges: The courts are currently considering unprecedented cuts in Medi-Cal reimbursements to distinct-part nursing facilities such as the Jewish Home. If those cuts are deemed legal, our Medi-Cal reimbursement level would be significantly reduced, compromising our ability to care for our community’s most frail and vulnerable older adults. As this issue unfolds, the Jewish Home’s board of trustees will continue to advocate vigorously for a decision that would ensure adequate Medi-Cal reimbursement for the Jewish Home – allowing us to continue accepting people who need long-term skilled nursing while providing the highest quality of dignified care and services.