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CHANGE OF PLANS: Jamie Sanford, left, administrator of Linn Health & Rehabilitation in East Providence, and Richard Gamache, center, Aldersbridge Communities CEO, in May check on Elsie Ann Linde, 89, who had moved into rooms at Linn that have been converted to assisted living. Since then, the nursing home had to close but administrators are still awaiting approval to open a memory and dementia care unit.  

Struggling nursing homes mull change in direction to save themselves

Richard Gamache was armed with a plan to save his nursing home this spring. The question was if he had enough time to put...
WITNESS TO CHANGE: Ann Lancellotti, a retired nurse who spent 20 years working in Rhode Island nursing homes, says she saw a change in the treatment of staff and patients as family-owned facilities started disappearing. 

Family-run nursing homes are quickly disappearing

Keeping a nursing home running is no easy feat, but it’s an even greater challenge for family-owned facilities to stay afloat. As nursing homes throughout...
THE 57-BED Elderwood at Riverside nursing home in East Providence closed in 2022, one of several homes that have shuttered since the COVID-19 pandemic began. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing home law remains in limbo amid uncertainty about fixes

A law enacted three years ago intended to ensure quality care at Rhode Island nursing homes has yet to be enforced, and no one...
BACKBONE: Shaun Cournoyer, administrator of nursing and long-term care facility The Friendly Home in Woonsocket, said certified nursing assistants are the “backbone” of the facility. 

HELPING HANDS: Online classes, grants speed training of desperately needed CNAs

Anyone who has spent even a little time in a nursing home or hospital has seen whose hands do the essential feeding, dressing, cleaning...

2 Rhode Island nursing homes file for receivership, citing ‘inability to...

PROVIDENCE – Two Rhode Island nursing homes have filed for receivership, declaring their “inability to pay debts as they come due.”   However, neither residents nor...
THE FORMER Elderwood nursing home in East Providence closed in May 2022, one of numerous nursing homes in Rhode Island to shutter under financial difficulties since the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing homes not hopeful relief coming from state leaders

With only a month left in the legislative session, state leaders appear no closer to solving the unprecedented crisis facing Rhode Island’s nursing homes. Bleeding...

Nursing homes need more state help

As summer approaches, John E. Gage is again sounding the alarm about the precarious financial condition of nursing homes across the state. The timing...
ON DUTY: From left, Kathleen Gerber, executive director at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation in Johnston; Donna LaBonte, a certified nursing assistant; and Dorothy Bishop, a medical technician, check computer records at the nursing home. Cherry Hill and most other Rhode Island nursing homes are struggling through financial difficulties made worse by a severe labor shortage. 

CODE RED: Amid closures, nursing homes fight for survival

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in the spring of 2020, the staff at Cherry Hill Manor Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Johnston...

RIHCA urges suspension of nursing home minimum staffing law

PROVIDENCE – According to the Rhode Island Health Care Association, nursing homes in the Ocean State are about to face millions in fines for...
ELDERWOOD AT RIVERSIDE, located at 100 Wampanoag Trail in East Providence, said it expects to end operations no later than May 31, 2022, and that the closure plans will impact 26 residents and 48 staff at the facility. / COURTESY ELDERWOOD

E.P. nursing home closing amid missing paychecks, safety violations

EAST PROVIDENCE – A 57-bed nursing home called Elderwood at Riverside says it’s closing down by the end of the month, after the R.I....
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