Bay Bluffs continues to maintain all local, state and federal requirements related to the prevention of COVID 19 within our community.
Visitation is limited and can be scheduled by calling us at 231-526-2161.
Bay Bluffs Family and Friends:
Over the last several months, we have been sharing information regarding needed renovations and capital improvements required to maintain our building and ensure resident safety.
As part of this effort, we have provided information to Emmet County officials regarding approximately $4.5 million required for these improvements over the next five (5) years.
County officials are evaluating alternatives to utilizing General Fund tax dollars to support future county infrastructure needs.This includes privatizing some services along with potentially requesting funds from taxpayers through a millage vote.
There has been no official decision to privatize Bay Bluffs at this time.In fact, a majority of the Board of Commissioners do not support the idea. However, the Commissioners have invited a firm, Institutional Property Advisors, to provide a presentation on the services they offer to lease or sell nursing homes – this presentation is scheduled for Thursday June 27, 2019 during the Board of Commissioners Special Meeting.
Below is information regarding important differences between private, for-profit nursing homes and county medical care facilities, like Bay Bluffs – the most critical of which is the access to vital medical care for those receiving Medicaid.
We urge you to review this information and reach out to your Commissioner to let them know of your support for Bay Bluffs and ask them to maintain our county medical care facility status. If your schedule allows, please attend the upcoming Board of Commission meetings (Thursday June 20 and Thursday June 27) and make your voices heard!
For more information on the time and place of the Commission meetings, please give us a call at 231.526.2161.
We appreciate your support, confidence and encouragement!
All the best,
Lisa Ashley, MSW, NHA
County Medical Care Facilities (or county nursing homes), have several advantages over private, for-profit operated facilities.
County Medical Care Facilities:
Have increased funding through special state and federal programs which allow for higher staffing levels and high-quality outcomes for residents.
Are locally governed, by the people -not a set of corporate shareholders - which allows for a county to design and control the quality and type of services provided, most especially ensuring that vulnerable seniors requiring complex medical care in a long-term care setting have access to such services.
Are safety net providers, improving access for community residents whose medical care requirements or financial capacity to pay would otherwise hamper placement in a private nursing home or assisted living.
Public non-profit status encourages reinvestment in services the community wants and needs, and provide good paying jobs that benefit the local economy.
Other Important Facts About Bay Bluffs
Converting Bay Bluffs from a county medical care facility ownership model to a private, for-profit model will impact quality of care and limit access to care while reducing staffing in order to create a profit for corporate shareholders.