The current proposal from Lansing is to have 3 care giver services working at the home, with each one assigned to various units. For example, one would specialize in providing care for people in the lock down units such as the Alzheimer units, and court yard. Another would be responsible for nursing units in the McLiesh building and Rankin 1. And a 3rd would be responsible for the nursing units in the Mann building. Ranking 2 and 3, which is the Dorm unit would continue to have a state employed nurse (probably Cathy) and one other to be assigned to a 2nd shift position, as there is no need for care givers to be on that unit.
That might be a good idea, removing some of the responsibility from J2S, but it does not address the problem of lack of the number of available qualified employees to draw from, from the Greater Grand Rapids and Kent county areas. Only reducing the population and thus the need for greater numbers of qualified employees, would address that problem, thus the need to open a 3rd home on the east side of the state near the Detroit Metro area.
One glaring fact remains: The veterans homes have been Underfunded for too long. The home in Grand Rapids needs a budget twice as big as the current one to make up for short falls from previous years, so that badly needed maintenance can be completed, food service and living conditions improved.