September 3, 2015 |
When Harvey Vaughan died last month after a long illness, his family scraped together what little money they had for a funeral service and cremation. His brothers and cousins had visited him every weekend during the months he lay in a nursing home, suffering from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease. They tried to make him comfortable. They tried to keep him smiling. After Vaughan, 69, drew his final breath, his brother Satavio Natividad said, the nursing home sent the body to Hawkins Funeral Home in West Philadelphia.
September 1, 2015 |
FRANK LEVISTER had a passion for helping people, especially those in dire straits. He worked with the homeless in Philadelphia, and his job with the state Department of Welfare was to make sure that nursing homes were doing their job helping others in need. James Franklin Levister Sr., a 21-year employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Welfare who later worked for two of the nursing homes he monitored, died Aug. 23 of multiple health complications at the age of 68. Frank was a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. Although his family didn't know what happened to him there, it was obvious that he saw combat because among his decorations was the Purple Heart for wounds.
August 28, 2015 |
THE FUNERAL for Albert Andrews was heartfelt, a fitting celebration of his life. Family came from all around the East Coast to the chapel at From the Heart Church Ministries, on 20th Street near Erie in North Philly. That was July 30, a few days after Andrews, 83, died of "old age" at a nursing home, his nephew, Donnie Andrews, said last night. The elder Andrews' body was supposed to be cremated after the service, as promised by the staff of Powell Mortuary Services. Instead, police pulled the severely rotted corpse out of a garage around the corner from that funeral home Tuesday.
August 22, 2015 |
The Diocese of Camden announced Thursday that it had reached a $40 million agreement to sell its four nursing and elder-care facilities. The sale to the Catholic Health Group division of Center Management Group has been authorized by the Vatican and is pending regulatory approval. It would end more than six decades of hands-on care by the diocese. The deal includes three nursing homes - St. Mary's Catholic Home in Cherry Hill, Our Lady's MultiCare Center in Pleasantville, and Bishop McCarthy Residence in Vineland - and a residential health-care facility, the Manor at St. Mary's in Cherry Hill.
August 12, 2015 |
IT SEEMED LIKE Ben Toland was always taking care of people, not only physically as a nurse, but also spiritually as a church musician and author of inspirational messages. The messages were written on an eye-gaze computer because Ben Toland was paralyzed and bed-ridden for most of the last four years of his life. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis might have taken away his ability to move and to speak, but it left his soul intact. Benjamin Stephen Toland Sr., a licensed practical nurse who worked for hospitals and nursing homes, a self-taught musician who could play many instruments, a devoted churchman and loving husband and father, died Aug. 6 of complications of the paralyzing disease.
July 12, 2015 |
Tiffany Howard was raised by her grandmother Martha Turner, who made her have perfect attendance in school and told her, "Don't have a baby until you're married. " Howard, 35, is still hoping to get married, but she listened to her grandmother and has no children. When Howard got out of high school, she went to work in a nursing home. She likes old people, and she thinks being raised by her grandmother has a lot to do with that. When the health of her grandmother, now 89, began to fail, Howard got an apartment across the street in South Philadelphia.
July 3, 2015 |
The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office filed a sweeping lawsuit Wednesday against a big nursing home chain, accusing it of understaffing that has left residents "thirsty, hungry, dirty, and unkempt. " The lawsuit is the first to stem from the office's controversial practice of hiring an outside law firm to dig into the quality of care at nursing homes. The suit against the Golden Living chain, with 36 facilities in Pennsylvania, was developed with the help of the Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll law firm in Washington.
June 9, 2015 |
NewCourtland Senior Services Inc. used to be Philadelphia's biggest nursing home operator. Now it is gearing up to keep people out of the city's 7,500 nursing home beds. In January, it paid $2.1 million for the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls, to make it senior housing, and it's aiming to expand to Northeast Philadelphia. This all comes after selling five of its six nursing homes in 2011. Unlike many similar groups, NewCourtland has money, from the 1995 sale of Presbyterian Hospital to the University of Pennsylvania for $88 million.
June 1, 2015 |
Last year, the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office dropped subpoenas on dozens of nursing homes statewide, demanding facts about their staffing - an opening salvo in a probe that could force the homes to pay big fines. The office says the process will improve conditions and pay off for the state's elderly. Someone else could benefit, too - the Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll law firm. The Washington firm stands to pocket up to $21 million of the first $100 million of any fines extracted by state prosecutors.
May 9, 2015 |
Maude Freeman Coles and seven of her girlfriends began their monthly get-togethers when they were teenagers at Palmyra High School. They played bridge, four players at each of two tables, and rotated as hosts from house to house. When ill health subtracted two of them, they became six at one table, playing a card game now lost to memory. "They called themselves the Sixers," Mrs. Coles' daughter, Carol Graf, said. When Mrs. Coles was 92, the card games ended, but she and five friends still got together once a year for lunch at her home.