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.
January 22, 2016 |
Q: The guy I'm seeing told me that he would like it if I tongue-kissed another girl. At first, I thought no. But now I'm starting to think it's no big deal and am thinking of doing it to shock him on his birthday. Me and her have been friends for a long time, and I'm pretty sure she would think it was fun, too. One of my other friends thinks I'm wrong, but I don't see why. What do you think? Steve: Listen to the Jill Sobule song "I Kissed a Girl. " That's exactly what I think. Mia: He's grooming you. Think about it: Say, you kiss a girl just because dude thinks it's hot. What will he have you do next?
January 3, 2016
Q: What is the Medicare Five-Star Rating System for Nursing Homes? A: Many elderly adults have their first encounter with a skilled-nursing facility after a sudden health event and hospitalization. A hospital discharge planner arranges for transfer to a skilled-nursing facility, but that facility may be far from family and may not provide the best care. To that end, Medicare launched the Five Star Quality Rating as a way to improve consumers' understanding of nursing home quality. Medicare uses three factors for rating: the inspections for the previous three years, including number of complaint surveys and follow-up inspections; the type and amount of nursing staff; and quality measures of care, including pressure ulcers, falls with significant injury, reports of pain, and the number of people who receive antipsychotic medications.
December 31, 2015 |
The day I'd been dreading arrived. The best I could hope for was that it wouldn't rain. It was seven months since my mother died of cancer. When her sturdy, yet worn, two-bedroom rowhouse in Mayfair sold in the fall, I was thrust into the inescapable and forlorn duty of cleaning out her house. An only child, I've been responsible for settling her affairs. Even though my name was on the deed, I always considered it my mom's home. After I bought the house, I lived in it only a few years before I married.
December 30, 2015 |
Bettemarie Bond is an overcomer. She went to college, worked full-time as an occupational therapist, and bought a house in Levittown, despite rare disorders that require her to have all nourishment and medication pumped round-the-clock into a vein in her heart. But last summer, when declining health forced her to go on disability at age 45, she faced a problem that floored her. Bond discovered that she would qualify for Medicare this month. Unlike the private health insurance she had through her job, however, the government insurer would not cover her costly intravenous therapy at home, only in a medical facility.
December 24, 2015 |
Rich, easy notes slide out of Gilly DiBenedetto's clarinet, filling the room, until the old man stops and lowers his instrument. "I can't play no more," he says in a whisper brittle enough to make it sound like the truth. Then he promptly moistens his lips, raises the clarinet, and resumes the tune. It seems more likely that DiBenedetto can't not play - even against the odds. Once the band director at the storied Downingtown Inn, to which Mickey Rooney lent his name and presence, the 87-year-old was supposed to be gone by now. Battling three cancers, he was given two months to live in July.