A new health care center providing skilled nursing, assisted living and rehabilitation services to seniors has opened in Austin.
The Arbour Health Care Center was opened by 40-year-old nonprofit organization Westminster Manor and includes common gathering areas, balconies, courtyards and larger rooms – the designs focussed on resident needs and requirements. Read more
Residents are set to move into the Via Christi Village home for the elderly at the start of May.
The Kansas care home was created following the merge of two nursing homes in Hays and Victoria. Both St. John’s of Hays and St. John’s of Victoria have been combined to provide seniors with a 96 bed facility, which is separated into six distinct areas to mirror the names of Ellis County communities. Read more
Plans to build a $10 million nursing home at a retirement village on the fringes of the University of Alabama have been made by La Rocca Nursing Home.
The 75-bed home in Capstone Village will replace a facility on 34th Avenue in Tuscaloosa that was damaged by a tornado and is set to be demolished. The proposals include the creating of outpatient services for occupational and physical therapy. Read more
Plans to construct a $71 million nursing home in Alabama are being supported by local lawmakers despite warnings that the facility could lose $26 million a year.
Those who backed the move are critical of the estimated losses.
“I don’t know what the real number is,” said Legislator Gary Domalewicz, chairman of the legislature’s Nursing Home Facilities Committee. He added: “I know one thing; it’s not going to be $26 million. That’s unbelievable.”
If the plans go ahead the nursing home will be large enough to accommodate 200 beds.
Just three residents are living in a 90-bed West Virginia nursing home until the facility acquires licensure approval from the state.
The licensure application was made to the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification (OHFLAC) by Rose Terrace Health and Rehab last November. However, an inspection at the Culloden nursing home is required before approval is granted.
Rose Terrace administrator Dee Adkins said: “We have a waiting list of more than 50 individuals from our community who are interested in utilizing our services. We look forward to being able to meet the needs of some of those individuals. Unfortunately, according to our state code and licensure rules, we cannot admit anyone else until we are licensed.” Read more
The sale of Bergen County Health Care Center in Rockleigh is being considered by chiefs due to concerns that the government can no longer afford to run care facilities for the long term.
The 110-bed nursing home cost the county $4.5 million last year, which equates to 130% more than ten years earlier.
County Executive Kathleen Donovan said: “We’re looking at whether we should continue to be in the nursing home business. The question is: Would the private sector be able to do it more efficiently?”
Nursing homes in Mercer, Salem and Cumberland counties have been sold over the past two years for the same reason.
Students at Dawson-Bryant High School in Ohio have made and donated 20 blankets to residents of the Sun Set Nursing Center in Coal Grove.
Members of the Christian Youth Academy at the school bought some fleece material and created a fringed effect on the edges as part of the community service project. They presented the blankets to the nursing facility during their lunch hour last week.
Audra Deere, business teacher at the school, said: “It was an easy project. A lot of our kids are focused on school. This provided them with a way to put their skills to work for the community. It was a way to give back and show God’s love to others.”
Over 560 nursing homes have had a one star rating for the past three years, according to statistics revealed by the government.
About 8% of homes in Louisiana and Pennsylvania have a one star ranking on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) rating scheme, which was introduced in 2008. In Georgia the situation is worse with 10% of homes still stuck on the lowest rating on the five-star scale.
However, the majority of nursing homes did show signs of improvement. Read more
Actress and theater star Florence Henderson is to be the news spokeswoman for nursing home operator American Senior Community (ACS).
Known for playing Carol Brady in popular television series ‘The Brady Bunch’, Ms Henderson will star in radio, print and television campaigns for ACS.
Chief operating officer of the firm Dan Benson said: “We believe Ms. Henderson is the perfect person to represent the mission and the values of Indianapolis-based American Senior Communities. She is a native Hoosier and a trusted advocate for seniors and senior health issues.”
Ms Henderson has starred in other product campaigns, such as Pepsi, Polident and Tang.
Over $100 million will be given to nursing homes in Illinois to improve their staffing and safety levels.
The extra capital will allow nursing facilities to hire extra staff for the supervision of psychiatric patients.
Governor Pat Quinn revealed the news earlier this week: “This is positive news for people who live in a nursing home or have a loved one living in a nursing home.”
Nursing homes will pay a new state tax for every non-Medicare patient, which will then be filtered into the Medicaid system and eventually distributed back out again to care facilities.
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