Critical Care: A series of stories looking at nursing homes in Northeast Ohio

News-Outlet-Logo-For-Missing ‘Critical Conditions’ radio program looks at state of Ohio’s nursing homes -   Hello and welcome to “Critical Conditions.” I’m Chris Davidson And I’m Christopher Kochera. For the next half hour, we’ll be talking about growing old in Northeast Ohio. Well take a look at nursing homes – and the spiraling costs of aging. Growing old is one thing most of want to do. As the saying goes,
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. Death of 84-year-old highlights differences in penalties at senior facilities - 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.
Ruth Nelson celebrated her 90th birthday in May 2011. She wore a necklace from her father's home country of Norway. Questions surround beating of 90-year-old at Stow Glen - 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.
Officials at Cortland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were able to reduce costs to meet reduced federal and state funding without affecting residents. State, federal cuts to nursing homes affect staffing, more - 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.”
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. Nursing homes asked to provide individualized care, rather than institutional one - Independence can be under-appreciated until it is no longer an option, especially when one is faced with entering a nursing home.
Activity director Leslie Snyder helps feed Patricia Dickey, a resident at Maplecrest Nursing Home in Struthers. Maplecrest nurse: State inspection reports don’t tell whole story - 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.
Dr. Daniel J. Van Dussen, coordinator of gerontology at Youngstown State University, works closely with long-term care ombudsmen in Ohio. Experts offer some basics in choosing a nursing home - It is one of the most stressful and emotional moments in life – choosing a nursing home for a loved one. And as the American population ages, more and more people will face this choice. In Ohio alone, there are 78,221 people living in 956 nursing homes.
Brienne Allison, 41, wouldn’t have been able to leave Essex of Salem I nursing home and get her own apartment without the help of the HOME Choice, Money Follows the Person program. Residents can leave nursing homes with help from HOME Choice - On a given day, Brienne Allison, 41, may be getting ready for a date with her boyfriend, entertaining a friend or listening to Van Halen on her stereo. That she is doing these things at her own home was unthinkable just a few years ago when she was living in the Essex of Salem I nursing home.
John Saulitis, a state ombudsman, said the $40-a-month allowance given to nursing home patients on Medicaid has changed in 14 years. He would like to see the amount raised to $60 with an annual cost of living increase. Nursing home residents struggle with $40-a-month allowance - Many people have problems living within their means, but what happens when your “means” is $40 a month? That’s how much a person living in a nursing home and on Medicaid gets each month as a personal allowance.

Nursing Home Ratings

Medicare and the Ohio Department of Health rate nursing homes on staffing, code compliance and satisfaction rates.

Click the link below to see how local nursing homes rate.

Nursing Home Ratings Table

Several web sites offer help to people who must choose a nursing home.

Many will offer step-by-step guides, while others offer inspection reports and star ratings.

Medicare Checklist: Print out a checklist and take it with you on visits to nursing homes.

Link to Checklist

Medicare Comparison: The government site offers star ratings on facilities. Just enter your zip code and compare.

Link to Medicare Comparison

State of Ohio Long-term Care Consumer Guide: Offers information on family satisfaction surveys, resident satisfaction surveys, code inspections and more.

Link to Long-term Care Consumer Guide. – Offers simplified reports based on government survey. Site has a National Watch List and an Honor Roll detailing bad and the good facilities, a registry of nursing homes and more.

Link to – Check the background of your doctor and to see if he has been named in a malpractice suit.

Link to Offers tips on specific things to look for during a nursing home tour.

Link to Choose a Really Good Nursing Home