March 30, 2015 |
Even in nursing homes, where hundreds of thousands of people die each year, death has long been a touchy subject. Administrators thought they were doing residents and staff a psychological favor by whisking dead bodies out back doors and carrying on as usual. It seemed too depressing to think about how many people were leaving and how many would follow. Attitudes are beginning to change, though, thanks to a greater emphasis on bringing meaning and individual choice - in other words, more life - to those last years in long-term care.
March 21, 2015 |
Nancy Sloane Coates, 94, of Haverford, whose Community Clothes Charity raised millions of dollars for Philadelphia-area causes, died Thursday, March 12, of congestive heart failure at home. Mrs. Coates was born in New York City in 1920 to the family that founded W. & J. Sloane, an interior decorator and furnishings business. The chain's flagship was at 19th Street and Broadway; its designers decorated the White House and the Breakers hotel in Palm Beach, Fla., during the 1890s. As a young woman, Mrs. Coates was inspired by Florence Nightingale.
March 18, 2015 |
WHEN CHILDREN of the Laverty family began to question the existence of Santa Claus, one thing they had no doubts about: There definitely was a "Mrs. Claus. " She was Mom and Grandmom - Teresa Laverty. And if there was a Mrs. Claus, there had to be a Santa Claus. Right? Christmas was one of Teresa's favorite holidays and she made the most of it. With six children and eight grandchildren, as well as in-laws, nieces and nephews, her gift list was rather extensive. It didn't matter.
March 12, 2015 |
Ever thought you were too old to take on a fresh challenge, learn something new, or add a few more chapters to your memoir? Please allow me to introduce Frieda Lefeber. Lefeber will turn 100 this month, and she's celebrating with her first solo art exhibition, a retrospective of landscape and portrait paintings that opens at Rosemont College's Lawrence Gallery on Thursday. It's the achievement of a lifetime for the Penn Valley mother, grandmother, retired nurse, and Holocaust survivor, who began taking art classes at Rosemont in 1991 at age 76 and earned a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts at age 83. "It kept me young," Lefeber said - and it kept her busy.
March 5, 2015 |
ONE OF Felicia Janette Jones-Haskins' primary career goals was to encourage young people, especially African-Americans, to enter the nursing profession. She herself was a nurse in pediatric intensive care at various hospitals and nursing homes in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, before she began a teaching career in the field. "With great humility and a deep passion for teaching, Felicia devoted her time to empowering students seeking a career in the field of nursing," her family said.
March 1, 2015 |
Gov. Wolf said Friday that he wants to help 5,500 more Pennsylvania seniors get caregiving services in their own homes rather than in nursing homes, and promised to make the approval process for home health care much faster. Wolf said his plan, a mixture of budget, legislative, and executive actions, would offer more choices and "protect our seniors to make sure they go through their senior years with dignity. " The proposals are to be included in the budget he will release Tuesday.
February 27, 2015 |
IN A CALM but sometimes nervous voice, Padge-Victoria Windslowe, who goes by the stage name "Black Madam," told a Philadelphia Common Pleas jury yesterday that she injected people's butts with silicone to make them feel more beautiful, and intended no ill will or harm. "My motto was 'I want to help,' " she said, adding that people called her "their fairy godmother. " Windslowe, 45, who was born a man named Forrest Leon Gordon, said she had a sex-change operation in 1994. A year later, she began doing silicone butt injections on friends and on people in the transgender community to make "the male buttock more female," she said.
February 20, 2015 |
Barbara Bitros has a lovely life. She lives in a beautiful restored barn in Langhorne, dates a kind man, sees her grandchildren twice a week. She woke up on a recent Monday and found her frying pan in her refrigerator. She has no idea when or why she put it there. Bitros, 64, is a former hospice nurse and educator who has seen many people with dementia die. She was so concerned about her own memory losses - entire blocks of time vanished, what she called intermittent amnesia - that she had herself tested by three neurologists: brain scans, a spinal tap, the full workup.
February 13, 2015 |
Crozer-Keystone Health System has settled on a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the United Nurses of Pennsylvania union, representing approximately 170 nurses at one of the health system's five hospitals, Taylor Hospital in Ridley Park, a hospital spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman would not comment on contract details. Meanwhile, negotiations are scheduled for Feb. 17 between another union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals and another Crozer-Keystone hospital, Crozer-Chester Medical Center Hospital in Upland, the union said.
February 9, 2015 |
TWO SCHOOL NURSES testified yesterday in the murder trial of stepmother Margarita Garabito about concerns they had for Charlenni Ferreira, the Feltonville girl who died in 2009 at age 10. Amy Ozenbaugh, the nurse at Clara Barton Elementary School in Feltonville, where Charlenni attended first and second grades, had complained to the city's Department of Human Services in October 2006 because she saw frequent bruising on the girl. When she learned in early 2007 that DHS was closing its investigation, "I was upset," she said.