North Dakota’s NBC affiliate KFYR had an article and video discussing the shortage of nursing home beds available in North Dakota. The authors discovered that there are far more seniors than there are beds available in certain areas of North Dakota. However, The Good Samaritan Society has senior care facilities throughout rural North Dakota, many with plenty of room for our aging population. The urban areas are where beds are needed, so that`s where the society is relocating all its open space.
The good news is are plenty of skilled nursing beds for senior citizens throughout the state. The bad news, many are in rural areas, not in the growing cities, where the need for them is growing.
The Good Samaritan Society is able to construct the $16 million project on Versailles Avenue, by lumping together all the open skilled nursing and basic care beds it has in its rural facilities.
"In our rural communities, we`ve had some vacancies due to declining populations and movement of people from rural communities to the four major cities in North Dakota where the health care services are more dominant," says John Droppers, of the Good Samaritan Society.
The GSS expects the facility to be full of seniors by the spring of 2010, seniors who otherwise may have had to travel to outlying areas to find a home. The Long Term Care Association says in the next three years another 180 skilled nursing beds are expected to be transferred from rural areas to the Bismarck-Mandan area.