This article (click here) about local, unsafe nursing homes was just released this morning. It’s enough for us Baby Boomers, or those nearing or facing retirement to shake in our boots. The estate of the woman pictured above, Adeline Ramlow, has sued the Goshen Nursing Home for deplorable and dangerous living conditions, which led to her death. A class action lawsuit by the remainder of the residents there is under way.
What started out as a well run Nursing Care Facility, Sapphire/Elant Homes, turned into a nightmare when it was bought out by a group of New York City greedy, profit-making
“Help us,” at least five residents asked the family of the fragile 96-year-old Ramlow, as they sat in a common area of the Sapphire Nursing home, according to a lawsuit filed in state Supreme Court in Orange County on Tuesday by a Westchester law firm.
The estate of Ramlow, who died late last year, and Mary Rice, 93, a current Sapphire resident, are both suing, accusing the home’s new owners of slashing staff so deeply that Ramlow and others often sat in their own waste, begging visitors for bathroom help, meals and care.
This new investor group, Richard Aryeh Platschek, Esther Farkovits, Machla Abramczyk and Robert Schuck — also acquired Elant homes in Newburgh, Wappingers Falls and Beacon. That’s three more nursing homes who shortchanged unsuspecting life residents to suffer an early death, all in the name of making profits!
Again, this is yet another fear of mine, which unfortunately is all too common, as we age: corrupt and unscrupulous nursing homes. Once they latch on to your Medicare benefits, they never let you (their meal ticket) go! After reading this article, I’m back to square one. Yesterday (click here) I was contemplating moving into an independent type of apartment living as I got older, but now in retrospect, I think I’ll stay put in my own home. My dad did that and he lived till he was 92. For the last few years of his life, my sister hired a home-care, live-in to care for my father and it worked out very well. My sister was there to over see everything and my father did indeed get excellent care.
“What Sapphire has done is try to profit by dramatically cutting staff, which has resulted in an unsafe nursing home. Layoffs and other budget cuts led Sapphire’s Goshen staff to not properly bathe residents; serve meals late and cold; fail to help residents eat and leave residents soiled, un-cared for and unattended for hours.
Sapphire’s mid-Hudson nursing homes are among at least 19 state nursing homes that share common ownership, according to DOH filings. Medicare has designated 13 as severely short-staffed, including the former Elant homes in Beacon, Goshen, Newburgh and Wappingers Falls.
A report cited short-staffing; residents left with unclean diapers and a lack of water and food for hours; scarce supplies; crumbling rooms and patients hurt from a lack of care and staff decisions, including a nurse spreading hepatitis by reusing a needle.
No thanks! I’m re-evaluating my living choices for my old age. I’m staying put and I’ll hire a certified nurse or assistant to help me and DH when we get older. I’ll have one of my daughters or close (young) relative oversee the employment and our finances.If need be, I’ll get ‘meals-on-wheels’ and I’ll join a retirement club here in my neighborhood where other like-minded retirees get together and socialize.
In the interim, I called our landscaper and asked him when he was coming over to cut our grass! The cutting is one week overdue! He’ll be here tomorrow. And by September, our automatic generator will be installed! Thank God I have a safe home to live in!
As always, my dad had it right all along.
PS: Note to self….be extra nice to your daughters, son-in-laws, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. And neighbors!