May 15, 2013 |
The nuns of the Immaculate Heart of Mary have taught generations of children in the Philadelphia area. And when they were too frail or sick to work they retired to Camilla Hall, an austere nursing home on the campus of Immaculata College in Malvern. Lately, the sisters have been retiring in droves. Almost a quarter of the order's 822 nuns live at Camilla Hall and that number is expected to grow over the next decade. "Our median age is 72," said Sister Anne Veronica, administrator of the nursing home.
May 13, 2013 |
After 105 years, it can be tough to pick out a birthday present. But officials at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Home in Vineland knew exactly what to get Frank Cuccia on Saturday. "The reason he says he's gotten to be 105 is because every day he would always eat a McDonald's hamburger," said Derick Glenn, special events coordinator at the home. So a Happy Meal it was. While the gift may have been small, there was still a big celebration for the World War II veteran, as the nursing home and local VFWs honored residents there for their service as part of National Nursing Home Week.
May 1, 2013 |
If nuns can fly, can a rabbi be a talk-show host? WWDB-AM (860) radio is betting that Richard Address, senior clergy at Cherry Hill's M'Kor Shalom, has the chops to attract a coveted audience: baby boomers. And not just the Jewish ones. (Address goes by Richard on the program.) Boomer Generation Radio , which debuted in February, aims to address the unique concerns of the 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964. The first wave is already careening through their mid-60s, joining Medicare, maybe applying for Social Security - all the while caring for their children, possibly looking after grandchildren, and, more often than not, taking care of an elderly parent.
April 5, 2013 |
The cost of caring for dementia patients has reached $109 billion annually, exceeding that for heart disease and cancer, and will double by the time the youngest baby boomers reach their 70s, according to a study. Dementia is characterized by a group of symptoms that prevent people from carrying out the tasks of daily living. Reduced mental function makes it impossible for them to do things like keep track of medications or finances. In more severe cases, patients lose the ability to handle basic tasks like bathing and dressing.
January 17, 2013
Selma Kron, 81, a former Horsham resident who with her husband built a foundering business in Ambler into a successful nursing home, died Sunday, Jan. 13, in Clearwater, Fla., where she had lived since the 1990s. She was diagnosed in April with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Mrs. Kron graduated from West Philadelphia High School, then graduated with a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Pennsylvania in 1953.
January 14, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare this month launched an unprecedented Medicaid audit at 75 nursing homes in Southeastern Pennsylvania as part of a campaign to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. Industry executives and others, who say long-term care centers already undergo frequent audits, said they were not worried about the possible discovery of expensive errors. But they dread the logistics of preparing four years of Medicaid billing records for 100 percent review - while puzzling over how much money the DPW expects to recover from improper bills.
December 17, 2012 |
Cathedral Village, a retirement community in Philadelphia's Andorra section, last month reached what experts called a "unique" agreement with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia to enhance care in its nursing home, especially for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. The joint agreement grew out of complaints by Barry Vernick, whose wife, suffering from Parkinson's disease and dementia, died following a brief stay at Cathedral Village in late 2008. The agreement mentions no allegations of wrongdoing by the nonprofit Cathedral Village.
November 19, 2012 |
A Philadelphia nonprofit with ties to State Rep. Dwight Evans mismanaged $1.5 million in state grants since 2006, raising questions about how the money was obtained and spent, according to a confidential state audit. At Evans' direction, the Urban Affairs Coalition put a Philadelphia pastor and his aide on its payroll, the auditors found, then used taxpayer funds to pay them $365,000 for work that auditors said they could not verify. The grants included $1 million that went to renovate a nursing home run by Leland Beloff, a former Philadelphia city councilman who was convicted in an extortion scheme in 1987 with mob boss Nicodemo Scarfo.
November 6, 2012 |
The sale of Burlington County's 100-year-old nursing home for the poor has become a major issue in the race for two seats on the five-member Board of Freeholders. Incumbents Bruce Garganio and Mary Ann O'Brien voted in March with the all-Republican board to sell Buttonwood Hospital despite the pleas of hundreds of workers, patient advocates, and county residents who attended two hearings. Their Democratic challengers, Aimee Belgard and Joanne Schwartz, said in a recent debate, as they have on the campaign trail, that the auction of the county-run hospital to a lone bidder for $15 million was undertaken as "a quick fix" to fill a deficit in the county's $199 million budget.
September 22, 2012 |
As the battle over Pennsylvania's controversial voter-ID law heads back to court, Montgomery County's Democratic-controlled government lobbed its own grenade into the partisan fracas Thursday. Starting next month, the county will issue its own poll-ready photo IDs to registered voters through a county-run nursing home, the commissioners announced. The plan exploits a loophole in the law that allows colleges and government-managed care facilities to issue identification cards to anyone, not just those who work, attend classes, or reside there.