The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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November 15, 2013

Nursing home still an issue

Medina Journal-Register — ALBION — The Orleans County Legislature continued to hear a variety of opposition to the sale of The Villages at its meeting on Wednesday. 

The first to speak wanted to know if the county was in fact contradicting a resolution it passed many years ago.

Al Capurso, a local historian, spoke in open session and cited a resolution passed in 1830 that created responsibility for the county infirmary, which eventually became the nursing home. Capurson said the resolution, passed by the current legislature’s predecessors, made him believe it was worthy to pose the question to the current board about the sale of the home.

The legislators said they were looking for the document in question and would respond to his query once it was found.

Also addressing the legislature was Gary Kent, a vocal proponent for keeping the nursing home public. Kent, a former legislator, referred to a resolution that would eventually pass unanimously on Wednesday.

“I disapprove of this,” Kent said, referring to the renewal of an agreement between The Villages and Gillick Advisors, LLC. Kent said the current administration at the nursing home was at least partially responsible for the money the home was reportedly losing.

“Occupancy has been depressed; it was last reported at 93.5 percent,” he said. “In 2012 it was 92 percent.” He further stated that multiple studies have shown that a nursing home should operated with an occupancy rate of at least 95 percent to be considered “acceptable.” 

Later in the meeting, Legislator George Bower addressed the occupancy topic. He said the rehab center at The Villages affects the occupancy rate.

“We have people in and out daily and weekly,” he said. “We have to have openings for people, so there are rooms always open.

“(Occupancy) has been better in the last few months, as high as 117, but we only have so many beds and you can’t just open additional rooms,” he added.

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