The Demise of Nursing Homes for Minorities, Poor

LH entranceFrom Wallace Roberts, for The Crisis Magazine, an investigation of the demise of nursing homes serving poor and minority neighborhoods, due to historic underfunding rooted in Jim Crow decision-making. Roberts probes the case of the Lemington Home for the Aged, a microcosm for a national problem. The Pittsburgh home, a long-standing community-based institution, closed after a death investigation found chronic understaffing and a high rate of health related violations. The home’s finances were further impaired because it could not afford to hire a skilled accounting clerk to file complex federal reimbursement claims, which if paid, had the potential to keep the home on a healthier financial footing.

[Reporting sponsored by The Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.]

Photo credit: Wallace Roberts