Rotary Hears From Rotarian Nathan Manning, Owner/Operator Of BeeHive Homes Of New Mexico

Nathan Manning, one of the owners and operators of BeeHive Homes of New Mexico, a Rotarian, speaks to Rotary members at their October 24 meeting. Photo by Linda Hull

BY LINDA HULL
Vice President
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

“We provide home-like surroundings for our clients,” emphasized Nathan Manning, one of the owners and operators of BeeHive Homes of New Mexico, who spoke at the Rotary Club of Los Alamos at its October 24 meeting at Cottonwood on the Greens.  “We are an assisted care facility and member of the New Mexico Healthcare Association.”  Memory care, respite care (short-term), and senior care levels are also offered.  

Beehive Homes in White Rock, 110 Longview Drive, is part of a nationally-recognized franchise found in 200 locations in 22 states.  The White Rock home can accommodate as many as 15 residents in its comfortable facility.  Amenities include private rooms and bath with bathing assistance available; home-cooked meals approved by a dietician and served family-style in the welcoming dining room; and daily housekeeping and laundry service.  Twenty-four hour staffing is provided, and there is an outdoor courtyard.  The facility is smoke-free.  Residents remain under the care of their own doctor, and nurses are on call.

Beehive Homes contracts on a month-to-month basis only with a fixed price.  Utilities are included in the cost.  Residents may bring their own furniture and other items that will make them feel even more at home.  Families are encouraged to visit often, and employees spend quality time with residents in engaging activities. 

As in all healthcare industries, the pandemic presented numerous challenges.  Even with some issues moving back to a better balance, staffing shortages remain.  With increasing costs in labor, Manning noted that “a $1.00 increase in hourly wages costs about $150.00 per month per resident.”  Lawsuits are always a threat, costing $150,000-$200,000 to defend, and “insurance premiums have increased as much as 400% for some providers.”

Citing data from the National Center for Assisted Living, Manning said that New Mexico has 100 licensed assisted living facilities, with a total of 4200 beds.  Forty-eight percent of assisted living residents are over 85; 50% have some degree of cognitive impairment.  These figures do not include the many unlicensed homes operating within the state.

Regarding trends in aging and economics and care, Manning also explained that the number of New Mexicans over the age of 85 will triple by 2030 from the number recorded in 2000.  By then, New Mexico will rank third in the nation for the percentage of population over 60.  More than 400,000 people in New Mexico, or roughly 20% of New Mexico’s population, serve as family caregivers now, which is an estimated economic value of $3.1 billion dollars annually.  Currently 15% of New Mexicans 60 and over live at poverty level.  Over 26,000 New Mexico grandparents are responsible for raising their grandchildren.  Of these grandparent-headed families, almost 50% are living below the federal poverty level.  These will all play a significant role in the way healthcare for families, especially the aging, will be managed in the future. 

For more information about Beehive Homes in White Rock, please call 505-591-7024 or go to

https://beehivehomes.com/locations/white-rock-2/

Nathan Manning is a 2005 graduate of the UNM Anderson School of Business and a member of the Rotary Club of Albuquerque.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos, through its 1312 Club Foundation, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and one of over 34,000 clubs worldwide.  Rotary, which now has 1.5 million members, was founded in 1905; the local Club was chartered in 1966.  Rotary areas of focus include promoting peace; fighting disease, particularly polio; providing clean water, sanitation, and hygiene; supporting education; saving and enhancing the lives of mothers and children; growing economies; and protecting the environment.

The Rotary Club of Los Alamos meets in person Tuesdays, 12:00-1:00, in the Community Room, Cottonwood on the Greens, at the golf course.  A Zoom option is available by contacting Linda Hull, 505-662-7950.  Hull is also happy to provide information about the Club and its humanitarian service.  The community is cordially invited to attend meetings and consider joining us in our projects, service, and friendship activities.