July 28, 2016 |
An audit released Tuesday by Auditor General Eugene DePasquale found deficiencies in the way the Pennsylvania Department of Health enforced the state's minimum standard of 2.7 hours per day of direct nursing care. The audit covered the period from Jan. 1, 2014, through Oct. 31, 2015. Only last July did the health department start accepting anonymous complaints about nursing homes. That was a second area of concern in the audit, because it likely compromised the department's ability to receive and investigate complaints, the audit said.
July 27, 2016 |
Thomas Medero was found lying unconscious on a North Philadelphia street the night of Dec. 13, his head smashed in, his skull fractured. In all likelihood, the 60-year-old was assaulted. But because of his brain injuries, Medero doesn't know what happened. Sitting in a wheelchair at a Montgomery County nursing home this month, he said he had taken a subway to the Frankford Transportation Center, on his way to visit his girlfriend. He had withdrawn $40 or $60 from an ATM at the terminal.
July 19, 2016
ISSUE | MEDICARE Keep seniors home While Americans are living longer, questions remain about where older adults will live and how they will afford health care. The answer may be found in the bipartisan House Bill 4212, cosponsored by U.S. Rep. Pat Meehan (R., Pa.), which would establish a trial program designed to provide home- and community-based services for low-income, Medicare-only beneficiaries who need assistance with basic activities. Seniors who need these services often have little choice but to enter a nursing home.
July 11, 2016 |
Remember when Mom and Dad bailed you out on that overdue bill? Now, it may be your turn. More than half of U.S. states have so-called "filial responsibility" laws that require adult children to support their parents if they become indigent. For example, under Pennsylvania's 2005 statute, spouses, parents, and children are obligated to care for or financially assist destitute family members. That means you could be held financially responsible for a parent's nursing-home care, says Marc Jaffe, estate-planning lawyer and partner at Fromhold Jaffe & Adams in Villanova.
June 26, 2016 |
Cadbury Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, in Cherry Hill, part of a nonprofit founded by Quakers in 1978, is under agreement of sale to a for-profit company. If the sale is completed, Cadbury will join an exodus that has seen the percentage of the Philadelphia region's nursing homes owned by for-profits surge to 63 percent this year, from 49 percent in 2010, an Inquirer analysis of federal data found. Nonprofits sell facilities for many reasons: They need the money, change their mission, or succumb to financial pressures on the industry largely caused by heavy reliance on the federal government's low-paying Medicaid program.
May 15, 2016
Q. How can I be certain I'm picking a good nursing home? A. The majority of people entering a nursing home are doing so from a hospital, with guidance from a discharge planner. That said, knowing about long-term care facilities in your area will help ensure that you or your loved one is going to the most appropriate one. The website Medicare.gov offers a "Nursing Home Compare" section, searchable by city and state, where you can find information about the ratings of a particular facility.
April 10, 2016 |
Estelle Kane Roberts, 91, an Elkins Park resident and former owner of a gift shop there, died Wednesday, April 6, of complications from a stroke at a nursing home in Boca Raton, Fla. Mrs. Roberts was owner-operator of the Pink Daisy, a store catering to high-end customers in search of fine china and home decor for weddings and other special occasions. Mrs. Roberts started the business in the basement of her sister's home in Huntingdon Valley in 1970, and moved it to a store in Rockledge and then to Old York Road in Elkins Park.
March 12, 2016
Aging baby boomers in Pennsylvania thought they were being careful planners when they bought long-term-care insurance to cover future nursing home expenses and end-of-life costs while protecting their assets. Boy, were they wrong. The insurance companies they paid premiums to now say they can't afford the policies and want consumers to bail them out. Four companies want rate hikes ranging from 14 percent to 130 percent, depending on the coverage. The increases would affect 75,000 Pennsylvanians.
January 28, 2016 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has entered into a settlement agreement concerning resident care at one of its former nursing homes in South Philadelphia, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Tuesday. In the agreement between the Archdiocese's Catholic Health Care Services and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia, the archdiocese has agreed to improve or has already improved resident care at St. Monica Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, at 2509 S. Fourth St. Areas of concern related to physician orders, wound care, medication administration, documentation of care, and transfer and toileting of residents, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a news release.
January 24, 2016 |
Sheila-Rea York warmly welcomed a visitor to the immaculate cottage in Mount Airy, then provided blue hospital-style shoe covers and antibacterial soap for hand washing. She led the way to the bedroom and proudly introduced the focus of her life - her mother, Dorothy York, 86. The octogenarian was propped up in a hospital bed, wearing a floral lilac nightgown. She can't walk and is disabled by many infirmities, including dementia. "I'm real old," she said when asked her age. "They used to change people's age way back to get jobs and all, and I'm older than they say. " Aside, Rea York murmured, "My mother says she's 129 years old. " Rea York fits the National Alliance for Caregiving's profile of a "higher-hour" caregiver: a fiftysomething woman who spends an average of 62 hours a week bathing, dressing, nursing, running errands, communicating with doctors, and managing the finances of an adult family member.