County home in budget battle

HURON TWP. For the first time in decades, Erie County Care Facility officials might ask the
Annie Zelm
May 24, 2010

HURON TWP.

For the first time in decades, Erie County Care Facility officials might ask the community to help them replenish depleted funds.

Rising health care costs, a desire for families to keep loves ones at home longer and a higher rate of transitional residents have all contributed to a spending deficit, facility administrator Brad Storer said Thursday afternoon as he met with county commissioners todiscuss possible options to keep the facility running.

"We're still down, but if you look at county health care facilities across the board, everybody's in the same boat right now," he said. "It used to be mandated that every county had a county (nursing) home, but of the 88 homes the state used to have, only 34 are left -- and only about half still operate astraditional county homes."