Category Archives: Health

Pharmacies offer vaccines to counter flu season

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Pharmacies in the Mahoning Valley, including Cornersburg Family Discount Drugs, are offering flu vaccinations to their customers. Those 6 months and older are encouraged to get the shot, according to the Ohio Department of Health. – Chris Davidson/

October to March is the traditional flu season. The Centers for Disease Control says 5 to 20 percent of the population will battle flu each year. Chris Davidson reports.

New UK study seems to indicate you’re as old as you feel

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A new study tries to uncover the exact time when middle and old age begins. Chris Davidson brings us the story.

State nursing home inspectors give residents a voice

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Theresa "Terri" Sebastiano, the director of nursing at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers, says state inspection reports don't always give a comprehensive look at nursing home care.

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.

Family provides home care for mother, puts off nursing home decision

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Linda Horkey, 55, left her job with Mill Creek MetroParks to take care of her mother-in-law. She and her husband, Chuck, will continue to care for her as long as they can.

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.

Pembrooke Place faces fines, lawsuits, other penalties

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The U.S. Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services have a special list, one that most nursing homes don’t ever want to be on.

Nursing homes, administrators escape criminal charges

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Several instances of abuse and neglect have been reported across the state, including at McKinley Nursing and Rehabilitation in Canton.

As an ombudsman for the Area Agency on Aging, John Saulitis sees the best and the worst in northeast Ohio’s nursing facilities.

Death of 84-year-old highlights differences in penalties at senior facilities

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In early April, an 84-year-old resident of Grace Woods Senior Living in Niles walked out of the facility and was found dead of hypothermia just 50 feet from the main entrance.

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.

Questions surround beating of 90-year-old at Stow Glen

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Ruth Nelson celebrated her 90th birthday in May 2011. She wore a necklace from her father's home country of Norway.

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.

State, federal cuts to nursing homes affect staffing, more

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Officials at Cortland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were able to reduce costs to meet reduced federal and state funding without affecting residents.

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.”

Nursing homes asked to provide individualized care, rather than institutional one

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Jean Linynski, 67, has lived for 23 years at Valley Renaissance Healthcare Center in Boardman. She said the facility does a great job accommodating residents.

Independence can be under-appreciated until it is no longer an option, especially when one is faced with entering a nursing home.