Rural America has seen more than 440 nursing homes close or merge over the last decade, according to the Cowles Research Group. Of these 440 homes, 36 were shuttered because they failed to meet health and safety standards.
Nursing homes, however, face additional challenges:
As an increasing number of rural homes close, residents often have mere weeks to find another place to go, one that is often too far for elderly spouses and friends to visit with any frequency. In extreme cases, some residents have been transferred hundreds of miles away or even crossed state lines to receive the care they need while leaving behind family, friends, church groups and other community networks.
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