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 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 25, 2015 |
Instead of paying her now-93-year-old cousin's nursing home and medical bills, a 79-year-old woman from Gloucester County spent more than $200,000 of the cousin's life savings to buy lottery tickets for herself, the state Attorney General's Office said. Doris Litle of Deptford was indicted Monday, charged by a state grand jury with theft by deception and Medicaid fraud. Over five years, Litle stole $214,450 from her cousin, the Attorney General's Office said. Given power of attorney in July 2005, Litle was supposed to manage her cousin's finances, including the bank account with the life savings from which she stole, authorities said.
January 29, 2015 |
JOYCE SAPP was curious about her family background, and discovered that she had some Apache back there. And she joined with a man who had Cherokee in his family background. A lot of African-Americans discover some American Indian ancestry if they care to dig deeply into it. And Joyce did. Her interest in both American Indian and African-American history became a passion, and she enjoyed reading about it and passing her knowledge on to her children and grandchildren. Joyce D. Sapp, who worked for many years in nursing homes, mostly in the suburbs where she found satisfaction in helping senior citizens, died of cancer on Jan. 21. She was 69 and was living in Atlanta, but had lived most of her life in West Philadelphia.
January 2, 2015 |
WHEN A MAN named Cornelius arrived at the home of Paul and Anne Mae Balmer in West Philadelphia, he was comatose, almost zombielike. All the life seemed to have been taken out of him by the institutions that had lodged him before he became a member of the Balmer household. But it wasn't long before Cornelius responded to the care and compassion he received in that remarkable household. "Before long, we were joking and laughing with him," said Shanta, the youngest member of the family.
December 31, 2014 |
Faith Jerome, 76, of Cherry Hill, a longtime nurse and member of the township's school board, died Monday, Dec. 22, at home of pancreatic cancer. When a local school was slated to close in the early 1980s, a friend persuaded Mrs. Jerome to run for the Cherry Hill school board. Fifteen years later, when she decided against seeking a sixth term, former board member James Marino told The Inquirer that "she has great integrity. . . . I can't think of a decision she ever made that she didn't feel she was doing in the best interest of the children of Cherry Hill.
October 21, 2014 |
Jessica is a helper. An energetic and personable 14-year-old, she volunteers at a nursing home, where she does "anything they need me to do," she says. "I really enjoy it, and I love helping people. " Her compassion extends to homeless pets. Jessica is so passionate about animals she dreams of having a career taking care of them. She'd like to volunteer at an animal shelter, particularly since her recent tour of one in Philadelphia, where she played with the puppies and handed out treats to all. Jessica is a talkative teen with bright hazel eyes and long dark hair, which she likes to wear in a ponytail.
October 17, 2014 |
WHEN Dorethea Mae Shuler arrived in Philadelphia in the mid-1960s, she had a couple of strikes against her. Her marriage had ended and she had small children to care for. She was African-American, which in the 1960s was more of an obstacle than it is today, and she had no job skills. What Dorethea did have was a desire to care for others, the sick and the needy of her adopted city, and she set about doing just that. She obtained a license as a practical nurse and went to work in local hospitals and nursing homes, delivering her special brand of love and compassion to those who needed her most.
August 28, 2014 |
After more than six decades of hands-on caring for the sick and elderly in South Jersey, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Camden announced Tuesday that it is seeking to sell its four nursing and elder-care facilities because it can no longer afford to maintain them. "The current nursing-home model cannot be sustained," Bishop Dennis J. Sullivan said in a statement declaring that he was seeking buyers for Our Lady's MultiCare Center in Pleasantville, Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland, and St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, which includes the Manor at St. Mary's, a residential health-care facility.
July 30, 2014 |
A New Jersey investment firm has agreed to pay $30.25 million for Northeast Philadelphia's Deer Meadows Retirement Community, which filed for bankruptcy protection in April. Investment 360 L.L.C., of Lakewood, will function as a "stalking horse bidder" at an auction next month, setting a baseline price, according to a bankruptcy court filing. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Eric L. Frank on Monday scheduled a hearing for Aug. 11 on a proposed breakup fee that would pay 2.5 percent of the purchase price, or $756,250, to Investment 360 if the deal does not close or a higher bidder emerges.