Sunday, April 22, 2012

Erie County Exec: Nursing Homes Albatross Around Taxpayer Necks

Erie County is hoping to save money by consolidating its nursing homes, but has just learned it will have to pay $400,000 for a sprinkler system upgrade at a facility it will soon close. Federal mandate.

Sounding eerily similar to former County Council member Ron Angle, Erie County Exec called these county-owned nursing homes "a real albatross around the taxpayers' necks."

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

So blame our federal reps (Charlie Dent) who mandate these unfunded brain farts!

Anonymous said...

how can Cedarbrook be such a good facility turning a profit for taxpayers while other counties are failing?

Anonymous said...

It is what counties do. If it were up to non factors like Angle all human services would be ended.

Stop the propaganda.

Anonymous said...

Bernie, I suggest you add a Gracedale closing countdown clock to this site. We have a firm closing date and it will remind all to not invest anymore good money and to prepare to sell what's left of it.

Anonymous said...

Their home is much smaller. There is no comparison to Gracedale. Move along!

Anonymous said...

The haters keep on hating. They have Bernie leading the cheer.

Bernie O'Hare said...

Cedarbrook, like Gracedale, is a good facility. Cedarbrook, like Gracedlae, is losing money. Just not as much.

Bernie O'Hare said...

It's funny how any attempt to report what is actually happening in public nursing homes elsewhere results in hateful attacks.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

The County nursing facilities were at one time called the "poor House". Many also had a County cemetery where the poor were buried.
If you talk to many older retired people, the smell in these places was horrible.

Anonymous said...

Really 6:57, unlike the "reality" of Fox News, the smell in almost any facility dedicated to the care of the elderly will have some"smell".

The private sector has yet to perfect soylent green so for the time being they can smell because at times people smell. Not you though, your crap doesn't stink like all the other teabagggers.

There are numerous articles a bout the coming shortage of nursing home beds and staff. But just keep reading the things that you agree with, that makes for a well educated person.

By the way Aquinas, the "older retired people" voted in droves to keep Gracedale. Maybe the smell thing was something they noticed when you were talking to them.

Bernie O'Hare said...

These Gracedale supporters sure are charming people, aren't they?

Anonymous said...

An interesting way to refer to our elderly. Guess Corbett believes Children and Youth is a Albatross around taxpayers neck, hence his drastic budget cuts.

Mark Baker said...

keep cutting all these government give me programs. Next go after public unions such as the bloated and self serving teachers union.

Anonymous said...

In refering to the "poor House", I was trying to inform some younger people that the facilities that are now in operation, are better than they were years ago.
This wasn't made to insult anyone.
These facilities became more professional after the Johnson administration in the Mid 1960's.

Anonymous said...

Good people care about the elderly. The keep Gracedale initiative passed by a 3 to 1 majority. This is O'Hare still trying to sell the Angle/Stoffa nonsense position that the voting public rejected overwhelmingly.

Wait until next year. The surprises will amaze the so-called political experts.

Bernie O'Hare said...

This is O'Hare trying to inform his readers and make them aware that NC is by no means the only county that has struggled to maintain a nursing home. You would prefer they not know that, nationwide, this is a problem.

Anonymous said...

Bernie,

It's only going to increase, due to the baby boomer generation and less people working who are able to pay the Taxes that fund these facilities.

Anonymous said...

"Taking it to the Streets"

"Put them on the Street"

"Just another day in Paradise"

Anonymous said...

I love the comments about "this is only going to get worse". In the so called "better days" of America that is why counties took on the care of its citizens.

So the solution from O'hare and the teabaggers is throw the elderly on the streets.

You do realize there was a long time that only ended about a decade ago in which nursing homes didn't take poor seniors. Inf act even today they pre-screen seniors.

You guys would just throw them to the wolves.

Bernie O'Hare said...

That is not the solution and has never been the solution. people like you appeal to emotion in order to have your way. The truth is that the primary goal is to ensure that our elderly receive top notch care. That will not happen if the County is forced to prop Gracedale up, year after year.

Anonymous said...

You are wrong on this as you are wrong on so many things. You don't understand elder care and you have no desire to learn anymore than Stoffa and Angle tell you.

Fact is the elderly poor will need many beds in the coming years. You offer no solutions just an excuse to dump Gracedale to fund a drug rehab lounge.

Bernie O'Hare said...

What I am doing is reporting that the financial drain presented by public nursing homes is by no means unique to NC. You's prefer that people not know that, bc it contradicts your attempts to vilify Stoffa.

Tell you what. You can continue your lies, like claiming you voted for Panto, even though you live in Forks.

I'll tell my readers the truth.

Anonymous said...

Taking care of human services costs money. If your point is you should not do what the state says you don't have too, fine. Then stop overfunding the rest of human services by millions of dollars every year, above what is state required.

You are on this because it is what Stoffa and Angle tried to sell the public with carefully shaved facts.

The voters responded in a 3 to 1 landslide,to keep the home. Instead of accepting the mandate of the voters Stoffa has you and Angle still beat that broken drum of how evil this all is.

You tell your readers the "truth" you want them to have. Others know the truth as it is and you are not a source of the truth. You never were and everyone with a brain knows that.

Anonymous said...

Well said anon 3:09. What we have here is selective outrage based on the whims of O'Hares benefactors Angle and Stoffa.

Bernie O'Hare said...

The above two comments, posted by the same person, illustrate exactly what I mean. Some people prefer to keep this emotional and make wild allegations. I prefer to tell people what is going on.