CHANGES IN MEDICAL FIELD AFFECT SKILLED NURSING HOMES
For years CAVCON has designed and built a number of projects in the medical field. We have constructed hospital wings, built rehabilitation facilities and medical office buildings, renovated skilled nursing homes and designed and built surgical centers. We have worked on a number of renovations to skilled nursing homes throughout western Pennsylvania for HCF Management Company. Warren Manor included a new entrance, building addition, and interior upgrades and is one of our latest projects.
Due to staffing shortages, changes in patient demand, and decreases in reimbursement, skilled nursing is “rebooting.” Aging skilled nursing buildings are motivating owners, operators, and developers to “rethink” how to use obsolete buildings to remain profitable and meet current as well as future needs.
Nursing home occupancies continue to decrease as payment changes and new options demand more focused post-acute settings. Repurposing or converting existing nursing homes into assisted living and memory care units may offer an answer toward improved occupancy. Renovating physical therapy areas for short-term rehabilitation stays are some of the trends we are seeing.
Senior living operators will have to care for more complex residents while simultaneously remaining attractive to young, technologically savvy seniors who may be admitted for a short stay following a hip or knee replacement.
The U.S. senior population continues to rise and new products and companies are entering the senior living market to meet this need. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that by 2020, there will be a senior population of 56 million and by 2030, that number will balloon to 74 million seniors.
Post-acute service providers will forge partnerships with hospitals and health systems to provide the full continuum of post-acute services, with the goals of improving quality, lowering costs, and increasing patient/resident satisfaction. Services both on campus and in outpatient rehab centers reduce duplication of services and increase market share.
As in any industry, consumers have a choice where they are spending their money. Would you want to stay in an outdated building? If you’re choosing to go somewhere for acute stay and the rehabilitation center is old and dated, would you trust that you will have the best chance for optimum results?
A partnership with a design/build firm such as CAVCON will allow an owner to evaluate space options prior to starting construction saving time and money. If desired, we can bring in a medical consultant to evaluate the best use of space based on reimbursement trends. Convert existing spaces, add on a wing, and change an entrance or nursing station, we’ve done all those things and more. Move your facility forward with medical construction and CAVCON. Have questions, give us a call at 724-834-5220.