The law was passed by Governor Kay Ivey for nursing homes across the state to receive funding

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – Nursing homes across the state may soon be able to use additional funds directed toward providing care.

$100 million will come directly from the Saving America Plan, which state lawmakers and the governor recently approved.

Mike Dickinson, director of recruitment at NHS Management, believes the money could help some struggling facilities.

“Anything helps in this situation,” said Dickinson, “We’ve seen a lot of nurses leave the industry simply because they didn’t want to be exposed to COVID-19.”

The money can be used to pay wages, which helps combat another major issue of nursing homes, maintenance.

NHS regional director of recruitment, Casey Battles, said nursing homes could lose staff to fierce competition elsewhere.

“In North Alabama, there are so many places to recruit that there isn’t a large pool,” Batts said, “There are other places that are hiring as far as hospitals and long-term care facilities.”

Another use of the money could be for medical equipment and general care in institutions.

Dickinson said the company has not yet decided how it will use the funds, but she said the safety of employees and patients is a top priority.

“It’s all about patient care, customer service and what we can do to make the optimal patient experience for your loved one and your family as a whole,” Dickinson said.

The framework under which the facilities are compatible is still being developed. Nursing homes can then apply for funding.

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