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September 12, 2012

Senior Briefs: Sept. 12, 2012

Nursing home administrator gets probation

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — State regulators have placed an Ames nursing home administrator on probation for two years, after one resident in her facility’s care went missing for hours and others engaged in sexual activity.

The Iowa Board of Nursing Home Administrators announced Monday that it had settled its case against Cynthia Gentz, who had overseen the Abington on Grand facility.

Regulators say one resident left the facility once in August 2010 and again in November 2010. The resident was treated for hypothermia and frostbite in November after spending hours in the cold. Board members say neither incident was reported.

Board members say three other residents engaged in sexual activity with one another throughout 2010. Staff believed some of the contact was consensual, but the facility had no policies to address resident-on-resident sexual abuse.

Grant to help Vermonters get care at home

WILLISTON, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has received an $18 million federal grant to help it pursue a program designed to get disabled residents the care they need at home, rather than in long-term-care facilities.

The Money Follows the Person Program allows a transfer of services for disabled Vermonters when they move from institutional settings back into the community.

The state Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living got a demonstration grant from the federal Department of Health and Human Services to launch the program last year and is implementing it statewide now.

Anyone receiving Vermont Medicaid and living in a nursing facility can apply for the program.

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