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.
July 3, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has reached an agreement to sell its seven nursing and senior-living facilities for $145 million, officials said Tuesday. It's the biggest deal yet in Archbishop Charles J. Chaput's effort to fill deep financial gaps caused by years of overspending and mismanagement. The buyer, Center Management Group, is a privately held for-profit company in Flushing, N.Y. Center Management owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey, including two former Catholic homes in Brooklyn, archdiocesan officials said.
June 19, 2014 |
A Deptford nursing home scrutinized by health officials for persistent issues has lost its federal agreement providing for Medicare and Medicaid payments, making its closing likely. All residents at the 139-bed Gloucester Manor Health Care Center receiving payments under the programs must leave the facility by Aug. 1, according to a letter sent to families late last week by the center's administrator. The Salina Road home has been on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' "Special Focus Facility" list for three years.
June 6, 2014 |
The piano had no use. Someone hauled the beat-up piano into a big trash bin parked at a nursing home in Germantown, then took off. The woman had no memory. Sometimes, her son had to remind her to change her clothes or turn off the gas stove after cooking. But when the piano came into the life of the 79-year-old mother, magic happened, not only for her, but for all the seniors at the NewCourtland LIFE Center in North Philadelphia. The story begins two years ago with R. Max Kent.
April 29, 2014 |
VINCENT PRICE was raised in poverty as a foster child, then spent much of his adult life on the streets, addicted to drugs. He was in his early 50s, laid low by severe emphysema and out of options, when he landed four years ago at the Philadelphia Nursing Home on Girard Avenue. The experience gave Price a new sense of purpose in life: getting out of the city-owned, outside-managed North Philadelphia institution. "It was like being in a minijail," complained Price, who chafed at not being able to leave the building, the erratic times that his breakfast showed up and the tedium of his life.