Valleyview Care Home officially will become a skilled care facility next month, the nursing home's administrator said today.
Faye McAfee, Valleyview administrator, said she received the skilled care license Friday from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
"It's effective April 1," she said. The decision was made to make the new license effective then because the county-owned nursing home's current intermediate care license doesn't expire until March 31, she explained.
All nursing homes in the state will be required to provide skilled care by October.
Valleyview already had met state requirements for skilled care, according to Mrs. McAfee, although the Valleyview board of trustees is interested in hiring a registered nurse to help work weekends.
"Right now we have two full-time RNs. They're planning to cover it until we can find someone," she said. Mrs. McAfee said Valleyview also will employ temporary help to cover other times.
The next meeting for the seven-member board of trustees is set for 12:45 p.m. Thursday at Valleyview. The board meets three Thursdays a month to take care of routine business. The board's main meeting is held on the third Wednesday of the month. The board's next monthly meeting is scheduled for March 21.
The board, which assumed control of the home Jan. 1, hasn't formally changed its meeting schedule "but they keep talking about how they don't need to meet that frequently," Mrs. McAfee said. "They're wanting to move toward monthly meetings as soon as we can."