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Maybrook helps with meals

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Altoona Mirror

At a community carnival this summer hosted by Maybrook Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, administrator Gretchen Helmer was working the cotton candy machine when it malfunctioned, draping her in tendrils of sticky sugar — which stayed on during a TV interview….

When nursing homes dump some patients to make more money

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Washington Post

Often when I’m denying my kids something they want me to buy they will joke, “Can’t wait to put you in a nursing home.” To which I reply, “That’s why I’m saving for my own retirement.” But the fact is, I may need to live in a nursing home someday. And when I think of that possibility, the next question I fear: What if my stay is so…

Atiyeh makes third zoning pitch for former garden center on Linden Street: a day care for seniors

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Allentown Morning Call

Developer Abe Atiyeh has received permission from the Bethlehem Zoning Board to convert the former Moose & Bug Flower Shop to an adult day care center that would be affiliated with his nursing home business. This was the third separate special exception request Atiyeh has received…

Four nursing home residents missing, presumed dead in West Chester fire

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Philadelphia Inquirer

Four residents of the Barclay Friends nursing home in West Chester are missing and presumed dead after the massive blaze late Thursday and early Friday, the Chester County District Attorney’s Office said Monday. “They were not saved,” said District Attorney Tom Hogan. He would…

Union pledges to outlast Cedar Haven owner in four-week-old strike

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Lebanon Daily News

The local union president for striking Cedar Haven employees thanked her fellow nurses at a rally Friday – but she also issued a dire warning to any who might be thinking of crossing the four-week-old picket line. “If we lose this fight, like people have said, where on earth are people…

Report sheds light on possible abuse of nursing home residents

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Reading Eagle

Concerned by preliminary findings that show more than 100 instances nationally of possible neglect and abuse of nursing home residents, investigators issued an early alert to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector…

Failing Care: Ensuring crimes against nursing home residents are reported

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Reading Eagle

For decades, the federal government has attempted to address concerns over the quality of nursing home care in the U.S. It was only recently, though, that federal law included reporting requirements with sanctions for crimes against the elderly. Since 2010, federal law has required nursing home providers to report the…

A day after West Chester nursing home fire, few answers

Posted on November 19, 2017 by Philadelphia Inquirer

Beatrice Founds Conner has questions — about where she is, where all her clothes are, when she can return to her West Chester nursing home. Her family has tried to keep her busy. On Friday, she watched her 2-year-old great-granddaughter take photos with Santa. On Saturday morning,…

Failing care: Abuses in nursing homes seldom get reported to police

Posted on November 19, 2017 by Reading Eagle

When employees at a ManorCare facility in Pottsville walked in on what appeared to be a resident sexually assaulting an impaired resident last year, they reported it to their supervisors. After two days passed without any action, someone left an anonymous tip…

A timeline of Right-to-Know requests

Posted on November 19, 2017 by Reading Eagle

In the past decade, the Pennsylvania Department of Health has substantiated more than 1,800 suspected abuse cases in nursing homes across the commonwealth. In that time, the health department referred just three cases to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office. The following is a timeline…

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