Program To Move Folks Out Of Nursing Homes Expands
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 12, 2004
PARK CITY, UTAH--Over the past four years, 550 people have been moved out of Utah nursing homes through a pilot project called FlexCare.
The program allows nursing home residents who receive Medicaid benefits to take their long-term care funding to less restrictive, community-based settings, such as their own homes.
According to Saturday's Deseret News, FlexCare originally started in just two counties, but now is available to nursing home residents in five counties. Five more counties will be added next month. That means that nursing home residents in more than one-third of Utah's 29 counties will be eligible for the program. Others may join soon.
While the nursing home industry initially resisted the project, most of the referrals have come from within nursing homes themselves.
"In general, there has not been a lot of opposition," commented FlexCare program director Don Fennimore.
"Summit considers FlexCare; Program assists residents of nursing homes" (Deseret News)