Category Archives: Nursing.Homes

Ontario County nursing home sale delayed

Source: Mike Hibbard,, October 3, 2014

The sale of the Ontario County Health Facility will happen about a month later than expected. County Administrator John Garvey said the ownership transfer, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 30, is tentatively set for Oct. 31. A delay in necessary paperwork is the reason. …. Last year, the county Board of Supervisors approved the sale of the nursing home to a New York City-based company, The Centers for Specialty Care, for $2 million. The company owns about 25 nursing homes, including more than 20 in New York state — many of those were formerly run by counties. Since the beginning of this year, the county and The Centers have worked together as part of a transition plan. The county is contracting with the company for an administrator, Yudi Palatoff; Palatoff has served as administrator since Jan. 1. ….
Court dismisses CSEA petition regarding sale of Ontario County’s nursing home
Source: Erinn Cain,, November 12, 2013

After the Civil Service Employees Association in August took legal action against Ontario County —claiming that the process in which the county has pursued selling its nursing home is illegal — its petition has been dismissed in New York State Supreme Court.

Ontario County moves forward with nursing home sale process
Source: Daily Messenger, November 7, 2013

A resolution to execute the terms of a contract to sell Ontario County’s nursing home in Hopewell could be brought before the Board of Supervisors at its Dec. 5 meeting, County Administrator John Garvey said at Wednesday’s county Health and Medical Services Committee meeting. In August, the board passed a resolution to accept a bid of $2 million from the Centers for Specialty Care Group LLC to purchase the Ontario County Health Facility, its fixtures and furnishings, and the roughly 7 acres of land it is situated on. If a resolution is approved by the board to execute the terms of a contract, the firm would then need to be approved for a license from the state Department of Health — a process that could take at least six months, Garvey said. …

Ontario County seeks buyer for nursing home
Source: Erinn Cain, Messenger Post, April 21, 2013

After Ontario County placed its 98-bed nursing home on the market in March, the deadline for bids to be submitted was Friday. The county hired brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services in December to market the sale of the Ontario County Health Facility in Hopewell….

Privatizing aged care, as counties feel the financial pinch
Source: Kate O’Connell, April 22, 2013

Public Nursing Home In Ontario Co. – What’s Next?
Source: Adam Chodak,, March 29, 2013

Ontario County’s public nursing home is up for sale. The county recently put out a request for proposals in its quest to find potential buyers. Whether the facility actually moves into private hands, though, remains a question mark….Critics of privatizing the facility argue it would jeopardize the quality of care and lower workers’ pay. The county administer, John Garvey, says private nursing homes can provide first class care. He also says the county is spending millions to keep Ontario County Health Facility afloat.

Board of Supervisors delays decision on nursing home
Source: Erinn Cain, Messenger Post, March 28, 2013

As Ontario County seeks a buyer for its 98-bed nursing home in Hopewell, the Board of Supervisors has laid over a resolution to declare the facility, as well as the approximately seven acres of land it is situated on, as surplus….

Deadly Neglect: A U-T special report

Source: San Diego Union-Tribune, September 9, 2013

They wanted a safe, comfortable place to spend their sunset years. Instead, at least 27 San Diego County seniors found something else — death, often in excruciating circumstances, in an assisted living facility. Behind the bright lobbies, flowers and chandeliers in some of these homes is a story of suffering and neglect in a system with breakdowns from end to end — homes that fail to properly care for residents, families with little access to information and a state agency that doesn’t always monitor the well-being of those it is charged to protect. A U-T Watchdog special investigation….

Pleasant Valley Manor tackles deficit / Management, union work to cut costs

Source: Howard Frank, Pocono Record, September 26, 2013

Pleasant Valley Manor management and employees agreed to concessions with the nursing home that could keep it open under county ownership. The facility ran at about a million dollar deficit last year, with the shortfall made up by taxpayers. The majority of the three-person Monroe County Board of Commissioners had expressed doubts over the practicality of operating a facility hemorrhaging cash and talked about selling it to a private operator….

… The union and nonunion employees gave back more than a half million dollars in benefits. That included giving back a holiday, upping the health insurance co-pay for new hires and giving up an annual $150 per employee clothing allowance, Lipko said. This year, all employees gave back three holidays, still leaving them with 10. They received a 1 percent raise, less than the customary increase. Employees gave back some sick days and vacation days. Work hours also changed. Employees went to an 8.5 hour day with a 30-minute unpaid lunch….

Opinion: Positive news a big result of Pocopson Home review

Source: Ryan Costello, Daily Local News, September 2, 2013

…Importantly, accompanying that decision has been a focus by the county commissioners to create extra revenue, and undertake cost savings for Pocopson Home, all while not compromising the high quality of service to its residents. To quantify the savings — in 2009, the cost of the Pocopson Home to Chester County taxpayers was $3 million. This year’s budgeted cost is reduced to $1.4 million, with this expense largely attributable to indirect costs (ie., the shared cost of other county departments, such as finance, facilities, etc., being fractionally expensed to those other county departments that use such services), and depreciation on the physical assets (ie., the actual building). Improvements that have been implemented (at a much lower overall cost) include the establishment of electronic medical records and medical supply ordering which yielded higher quality supplies at significant cost savings; the development of an in-house clinic that decreased trips out of the facility; and the creation of a secure memory unit and palliative care program providing an in-house alternative to outside hospice agencies.

Earlier this year, the county commissioners were presented with further proposed revenue enhancements and cost savings for Pocopson Home. It is estimated that, through the addition of 16 short-term rehabilitation beds, an income of $480,000 per year can be added after renovation expenses. And just last week, we approved a contract that allows a management company to oversee laundry services at Pocopson Home, and provide leadership support for housekeeping and maintenance – which will improve the quality of service and reduce our cost by $200,000 a year. …
County eyes changes, not sale, of Pocopson Home
Source: Michael P. Rellahan, Daily Local News, January 22, 2013

The administrator of Chester County’s Pocopson Home on Tuesday laid out a plan to strengthen finances at the long term care facility as county commissioners signaled that no change in ownership of the facility is being considered. R. Alan Larson told the three commissioners that establishing a short term rehabilitation in one of the facility’s nursing wings could bring in as much as $480,000 a year. Also, Larson said Pocopson could save $180,000 by laundering its linen and towels in house rather than having it done commercially. …

Care Manor Nursing and Rehab Center Settles EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit

Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Press Release, July 29, 2013

Arkansas Nursing Home Fired Employee in Retaliation for Her Complaining About Its Hiring An Accused Sexual Harasser, Federal Agency Charged

Care Manor Nursing and Rehab Center in Mountain Home, Ark., will pay $22,500 to a former employee and furnish other relief to settle a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the federal agency announced today.

The EEOC’s suit charged Care Manor with violating Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it fired an employee in retaliation for her protest over the hire of an employee who, she said, had sexually harassed her at another facility.

Dallas area senior living center cited by US Department of Labor’s OSHA for exposing workers to multiple safety violations / Williamsburg Village Healthcare Campus fined $46,000 for seven serious violations

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Region 6, News Release: 13-1695-DAL, August 19, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Williamsburg Village Healthcare Campus, a senior living center in DeSoto, Texas, for seven serious safety violations and proposed penalties totaling $46,000. A variety of safety hazards were found at the campus’ York Drive facility during a programmed inspection begun on June 6 conducted under OSHA’s national emphasis program for nursing and residential care facilities…The seven serious violations cited involve the company’s failure to assess if workplace hazards were present or likely to be present; ensure that each affected worker uses appropriate eye or face protection; ensure that energy control programs consist of appropriate procedures, training and periodic inspections; provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body; provide a written exposure control plan designed to eliminate or minimize exposure to hazards; train and provide workers with information on hazardous chemicals in the workplace; and ensure that a written schedule for cleaning and method of decontamination is based upon the location within the facility and type of surface to be cleaned. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Life and Death in Assisted Living: “The Emerald City”

Source: A.C. Thompson and Jonthan Jones, ProPublica and Frontline, July 29, 2013

More and more elderly Americans are choosing to spend their later years in assisted living facilities, which have sprung up as an alternative to nursing homes. But is this loosely regulated, multi-billion dollar industry putting seniors at risk? In a major investigation with ProPublica, FRONTLINE examines the operations of the nation’s largest assisted living company, raising questions about the drive for profits and fatal lapses in care.

Watch Life and Death in Assisted Living Preview on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

….Here are a few things the brochure didn’t mention:

Just months earlier, Emeritus supervisors had audited the operations of the memory care unit where Joan would be living. It had been found wanting in almost every important regard. In truth, those “specially trained” staffers hadn’t actually been trained to care for people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, a violation of California law.

The facility relied on a single nurse to track the health of its scores of residents, and the few licensed medical professionals who worked there tended not to last long. During the three years prior to Joan’s arrival, Emerald Hills had cycled through three nurses and was now employing its fourth. At least one of those nurses was alarmed by what she saw, telling top Emeritus executives — in writing — that Emerald Hills suffered from “a huge shortage of staff” and was mired in “total dysfunction.”
emerald hills brochure

During some stretches, the facility went months without a full-time nurse on the payroll.

The paucity of workers led to neglect, according to a nurse who oversaw the facility before resigning in disgust. Calls for help went unanswered. Residents suffering from incontinence were left soaking in their own urine. One woman, addled by dementia, was allowed to urinate in the same spot in the hallway of the memory care wing over and over and over….
See also:
Propublica: Part 1

Part 2 | July 30
They Are Not Treating Mom Well

Part 3 | July 31
A Sinking Ship

Part 4 | August 1
Close the Back Door

Two more deaths attributed to Legionnaire’s disease

Source: Pamela Willis, ThisWeek Community News, July 25, 2013

Two more people have died after an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease at the Wesley Ridge retirement community in Reynoldsburg. Franklin County Public Health confirmed two more deaths today, July 25, and said four people have died since the outbreak began July 9. A total of 35 residents have been affected by the disease….She said preliminary results from the CDC show legionella bacteria in the water system but the exposure source has still not been determined and the investigation is ongoing…. Kline said Legionella bacteria are found naturally in the environment, usually in water. The bacteria grow best in warm water, in places such as hot tubs, cooling towers, hot water tanks, large plumbing systems or the air-conditioning systems of large buildings….
Legionnaires’ Disease Now Blamed For 4 Deaths At Reynoldsburg Retirement Community, July 25, 2013

Union slams Cayuga County legislature over nursing home merger

Source: Charley Hannagan,, July 24, 2013

The union representing 50 people who work at the Cayuga County Nursing Home Wednesday criticized the county legislature for the quick vote it took to merge the facility with the Mercy Health & Rehabilitation Center….The union criticized county legislature for holding an immediate vote Tuesday following the sharing of the details to merge the nursing home with the Auburn facility operated by Loretto. The legislature voted 10-5 in favor of the merger….

Troubled Tampa nursing home loses funding, will close

Source: Carol Marbin Miller, Miami Herald, July 8, 2013

Federal health regulators are cutting off all Medicaid and Medicare payments to a Tampa nursing home that was accused earlier this year of failing to provide “meaningful” activities to the severely disabled children who live there — making Lakeshore Villas the second pediatric nursing home to close this year amid controversy over the warehousing of frail children.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services — which foots the bill for the vast majority of frail elders in nursing homes, and almost all the children — will cease payment to Tampa’s Lakeshore Villas on Aug. 12. After that date, residents can only remain at the nursing home if they have private insurance or can pay on their own.

But the home’s problems don’t end there: the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, which inspects and regulates nursing homes, informed Lakeshore on May 22 that the state would not renew the home’s license “based on the regulatory history of the facility,” said Michelle Dahnke, an AHCA spokeswoman. Though Lakeshore’s state license expired on June 29, the facility remains open during an appeal by its owner, Senior Care Group, Inc. …

…Entire days went by, the report said, without any documentation of activities staff entering the pediatric ward. One visit lasted less than 30 minutes. Elders at the home often fared no better, AHCA records show. Federal regulators fined Lakeshore $225,837, the second-highest federal fine in recent memory — in addition to a $43,500 state penalty — in 2011 when a “vulnerable” 83-year-old woman was repeatedly sexually assaulted by another resident. …