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NYC Nursing-Home Plan Sets Off Protests

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Not exactly nursing "news" per se, but interesting read into where the nursing home market, thus employment for those in healthcare employed by such places may be going.

"One of the city's largest nursing homes is on the verge of clinching a controversial land-swap deal that would give its huge Upper West Side facility to two developers in exchange for cash and a smaller site on which it would build a pioneering "non-institutional" facility for the frail elderly.."

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703589804575445642059395022.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

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You can't read the full article unless you subscribe.

Sorry about that!

Read the entire article yesterday before posting the link, so one can only assume the WSJ only gives full "free" access to online content for a limited time.

Out of respect for copyright, one does not like to post full articles, so don't know a way around this sort of situation.

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Summarize the article for us please. Acknowledge the wallstreet journal and you are not a plagirist/pirate.

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In a nutshell, Jewish Home Lifecare is proposing to sell it's current building on the Upper Westside of Mahnattan to a developer and build a new smaller facility on what is now a parking lot.

JHL says it is responding to the current trends of persons not wishing to go into nursing homes, but age in place. The new building and services will be the first in NYC modeled on the "Green House" model and will offer seniors care in a non-insitutional setting.

Featuring private rooms with communal kitchens, along with a host of other benefits and services JHL seems to be going for something that is a mixture of "active" senior living, assisted senior living and to an lesseer extent nursing home as there will be staff on hand to provide care/services.

The plan upsets several quarters. One are the residents of the area who feel not only has there already been quite enough backroom deals with developers (the area has seen *lots* of new condos and high end rental buildings go up in the past few years), and that the demographics already are turning the district into one filled with "seniors".

On the otherside you have local unions who are wondering who will staff the new facility and in what numbers they will be required. Obviously if the new building is smaller than the current NYC block sized "barn" of a building, there will be less residents, which means less nursing staff required. Also less service workers meaning cleaners, and so forth will be required as well.

Speaking in general this follows a trend that has been happening in NYC for along time. Many nursing homes, including such famous names as Mary Manning Walsh, have slowly been moving towards LTC, rehabiliation, psyc care and so forth. As seniors stay in their homes and have care brought in, nursing homes have emptied out, leaving these often large buildings with beds to fill (and money to make).

You can Google "Jewish Home Lifecare" in both the Interent and News sections to pick up bits of the local debate and conversation.

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