March 16, 2014 |
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia delivered some relatively positive financial news Friday. Catholic Health Care Services, for example, which operates six nursing homes and a retirement home, had an operating profit of $3.9 million in the year ended June 30. Results at the facilities, which have been for sale since the summer, improved significantly from a loss of $497,454 the previous year, according to an audited financial statement released Friday....
March 16, 2014 |
Gene Sauers began working at the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare on Feb. 17, 1964. The Beatles had appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show the week before. Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for the indigent would be signed into law a year later. "There were tremendous political fights. It was worse then," Sauers said. And the rollout? "The problems now with Obamacare are nothing compared with the problems with Medicare. It took two decades to get it resolved. " By that time, Sauers was managing DPW's Bucks County Assistance Office, gathering the half-century of experience that he writes about in a slim paperback with largish print, Medicaid, PA Nursing Homes, and You . The contents are about as sexy as the title, and just as basic - 82 pages of frequently asked questions divided into chapters with headings like "Application Procedures: Where Do I Go?
February 3, 2014 |
Peggy Philp, 86, never even considered living in a nursing home when she was younger, but, after surviving breast cancer and a "slight" heart attack, she found she needed one. She also found it much homier than many her age expect. At WillowBrooke Court in Fort Washington, she got to bring the figurines she has collected and the portrait she painted of her late husband, who died in 1983. In the picture on her wall, he is a young man with soulful brown eyes. "As long as I live, he will not die," she says.
December 26, 2013 |
Hello there There was that woman again, showing off the goodies in the Casani Candy Co. booth at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show. Casani owner Jack Lee's assistant had watched her show after show. "She comes in and writes everything down, but Jack, I never see any orders from her," she told her boss one day in 1981. "We'll have to look into this," Jack said. At the next show, there was Pat again. "Can I ask what you're doing?" asked Jack. "I'm showing my customers some of the lines that I carry," Pat said.
December 23, 2013 |
WHEN SHE WAS admitted to Immaculate Mary Home two weeks ago, Betty Tyre cried in despair to Deacon Steve Guckin, a member of the pastoral care team. Tyre had been hospitalized so often in 2013, she'd barely slept in her own bed. Rheumatoid arthritis had crippled her so badly, she was in a wheelchair and needed rehab at Immaculate Mary, a Catholic nursing home in Mayfair, before she could return home to Port Richmond. "I feel like I'll never get better," Tyre, 69, told Guckin.
December 15, 2013 |
BENSALEM Eighth grader Nicholas Pizzo used to visit his grandmother regularly in a nursing home. He described the facility as a "dull and dreary" place. "You could tell they weren't happy to be there," Pizzo, 13, of Bensalem, said of the residents. So when the St. Charles Borromeo School student sat down to write a Christmas card to an elderly woman he'd never met, he could kind of relate to her situation. "God is watching over you," Pizzo wrote to the woman, living in a facility away from home and family.
November 22, 2013 |
MEDIA Fourteen Delaware County nursing-home residents whose absentee votes were tossed by a GOP poll-watcher who thought the ballots looked suspicious will have their votes counted, a County Court judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Joseph P. Cronin Jr. ruled in favor of the appeal filed on behalf of the voters from the Broomall Rehabilitation & Nursing Center and directed the Board of Elections to include the votes in the final tabulation for the Nov. 5 election. In total, 61 ballots were challenged by poll watcher John Capuzzi, a Marple Township Republican committeeman and the son of a local judge, who was running for tax collector unopposed.
November 20, 2013 |
MEDIA Allegations of voter fraud at a nursing home in Delaware County - where the rivalry between the major parties has intensified - has sparked a review by the district attorney's Special Prosecution Unit. A GOP poll worker tossed out 61 ballots cast by residents of the Broomall Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in the Nov. 5 election, and a hearing on the challenged ballots will be held in County Court on Tuesday. The District Attorney's Office said Tuesday that it was looking into the allegations, but did not elaborate.
November 1, 2013 |
Unlike in the past, party control is driving a hotly contested race for an open seat on the Burlington County freeholder board this year. And in the normally low-key contests for county sheriff and clerk, new issues are being debated. Republicans have held forth over the five-member board for more than three decades, but last year two Democrats won seats, giving the minority party an opportunity to wrest control Tuesday. Democrat Reva Foster, Willingboro's executive director of community affairs, the department on aging, and veteran affairs, is challenging Republican Joe Donnelly, the freeholder director and a senior sales manager with Hubbell, an electrical manufacturer.
September 2, 2013 |
Mary-Carol Feeney's Medicare coverage was running out, and in mid-February, her nursing home in Montgomery County told her she would have to leave. She still had a pressure sore on her tailbone and was recovering from multiple illnesses - including congestive heart failure - that had bounced her between hospitals and nursing homes for three months. Though residents have rights, including one to appeal Medicare's denial, Feeney didn't know that. She was discharged to her daughter Jolene's one-bedroom apartment in Fox Chase.