During an Ohio Health Department inspection of a nursing home on the North Side of Youngstown, a resident placed her hand on an inspector’s arm and began to cry.
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When it became obvious that Helen Horkey could no longer care for herself, her son and daughter-in-law said they had no real choice of what to do.
The U.S. Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services have a special list, one that most nursing homes don’t ever want to be on.
As an ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging, John Saulitis sees the best and the worst in northeast Ohio’s nursing facilities.
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The alarms were quiet the morning of April 9 when an 84-year-old resident of Grace Woods Senior Living in Niles walked out of the building and died.
At 7:30 a.m. Jan. 30, there was a commotion at Stow Glen Health Care Center, a nursing home for about 100 residents on Kent Road in Stow. Forty minutes later, a 90-year-old woman was taken to the hospital with bloody head injuries, a nurse’s aide was fired and police were investigating a case of abuse.
As a child, Sam Berresford visited a former neighbor in a nursing home. “People were yelling, strapped in chairs, and it smelt like urine. It was a scary place,” he said. “I was scared to death.”
Independence can be under-appreciated until it is no longer an option, especially when one is faced with entering a nursing home.
This year, the average number of health code citations in Ohio is six. The average in the United States is 7.5. In May, Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers received 22.