Nursing Homes

Susan Hanson

In The Moment ... July 2, 2019 Show 608 Hour 1

The South Dakota Legislature is studying access to mental health services this summer through the work of five task forces. State Representative Jean Hunhoff chairs a committee looking at nursing home criteria in South Daktoa. The group holds their first meeting on July 17.

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In The Moment ... June 6,2019 Show 590 Hour 1

The announcement that another nursing home facility in South Dakota is closing highlights the changes that have occurred in elderly care needs and resources.

The changing culture of housing for older adults was the topic on last week's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV, the final program of the season. 

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Stephanie Rissler Previews South Dakota Focus

May 30, 2019

In The Moment ... May 30, 2019 Show 585 Hour 1

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If you're not thinking about nursing homes you might want to catch tonight's South Dakota Focus on SDPB-TV at 8:00 p.m. Central. Stephanie Rissler leads the discussion on the changing culture within our long term care, independent and assisted living facilities.

Legislators approve a ten percent ongoing increase in Medicaid reimbursement in response to the statewide nursing home crisis. That equals nearly 18 million additional dollars. 

Loren Diekman is the president and CEO of Jenkins Living Center in Watertown. He’s followed the Medicaid reimbursement issue closely and made several phone calls to the governor’s office and legislators. He says he’s very happy about the approved increase.


In The Moment ... March 12, 2019 Show 533 Hour 1

Last week, the Violet Tschetter Memorial Home in Huron announced it is closing, displacing the 36 residents and 45 employees. After 59 years of service to the community, the board of directors and management announced they “could not see a fiscal path going forward and will close May 10th.” The challenges facing nursing home facilities was the theme of a recent South Dakota Focus and Larry Rohrer as this summary…


In order to spur development of other long-term care options, South Dakota placed a limit on the number of nursing home beds in the state in the 1980’s. When a nursing home closes, that facility’s beds are held by the state’s Department of Health until they’re assigned to other facilities through an application process. In light of increasing nursing home closures, a senate bill seeks to add some flexibility to the process of re-allotting beds from a closed nursing home.

Adria Botella

In The Moment ... October 18. 2018 Show 444 Hour 2

Longterm care facilities continue to face challenges throughout the country. As operators struggle to make ends meet, several South Dakota communities have faced the risk of losing their local nursing homes.

In small-town Selby, neighbors are banding together to ensure their nursing home stays open for many years to come.

SDPB's Jackie Hendry visited Selby for a community meeting last night, and joined In The Moment today from the Tom and Danielle Aman Foundation Studio at Northern State University.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some South Dakota lawmakers want to loosen regulations on nursing home beds. One measure allows nursing homes to move certain beds within organizations or sell them. A split committee in the State House is sending the legislation to the full chamber.