The services being provided for older Americans are changing and many of those services are not offered any more by local government.
La Crosse County could make some budget and staffing cuts in nursing home services for the coming year.
Wanda Plachecki, executive director of both the Lakeview and Hillview homes, says the county tries to offer what privately-run facilities do not.
“Long-term care and residential services are the two areas we really focus on,” she said.
Plachecki spoke at Monday night’s county board meeting, where a proposal to cut 30 full-time jobs at the nursing homes was discussed.
County administrator Steve O’Malley told the board that Hillview, near the bluffs, may need significant remodeling.
“We’re going to be very challenged what the long-term health of the building is and what remodeling needs or replacement needs are there with no new ability to pay for other kinds of transitions,” he said.
O’Malley says county levy limits restrict how much money can be spent on the traditional elder care facilities, and there’s less demand at Hillview than there was a few years ago.
On the other hand, O’Malley added the county has been able to save about $9 million over the last decade.
The county is scheduled to pass its 2019 budget next week.