Proper funding needed for long-term care facilities
Eliza Bryant Village Letter to the Editor in Crain’s Cleveland Business:
Eliza Bryant Village, a nonprofit incorporated in 1896, is the oldest African-American-founded long-term care facility that remains in operation in the country. Through our skilled nursing, adult day care, home care, affordable housing, and elder abuse services, we care for more than 1,000 seniors each year. However, inadequate public funding severely hinders our long-term capacity to meet the needs our predominantly Medicaid-eligible residents require and deserve.
Many media stories have rightly focused on COVID-19’s impact, but far fewer address the obstacles long-term care facilities face. Nonprofit nursing homes need fair financial reimbursement from government sources and less restrictive support from foundation and other private funders. Recent research reported on in the Chronicle of Philanthropy documented that nonprofits led by minorities and focused on minority issues, such as Eliza Bryant, are typically awarded less funding, with more strings, than their majority-led counterparts. This too needs to change.
– Danny R. Williams, JD, MNO, LNHA, President & CEO of Eliza Bryant Village