LEXINGTON, Ky.—Susan McCray of Berea has received the Bernie Vonderheide Ombudsman Award for Outstanding Service from the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass (NHOA). “Susan has been an advocate for thousands of residents in the 20 years she has been with NHOA,” Bluegrass District Ombudsman Denise Wells said.  “She embodies the Ombudsman ideal of […]

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Andra Gyor (left) of Lexington presents a check for $5,000 to Sherry Culp of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency (NHOA) of the Bluegrass, Inc. Gyor is president of Unit 64 of the American Contract Bridge League Charity Foundation Corporation (ACBL) and a longtime NHOA supporter. “I’ve participated in Designer Showcase several times, so I’m familiar […]

NHOA receives a grant of $5,000 from Bluegrass Charity Foundation

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass recently received a grant of $5,000 from the Bluegrass Charity Foundation. The money will be used to provide Ombudsman services to 50 residents of long-term care facilities in Fayette County. The annual Bluegrass Charity Foundation Ball raises money to support non-profits in the community.  Director of Philanthropy […]

He writes laws that help Kentucky’s low-rated nursing homes.

by Marcus Dorsey [Lexington Herald-Leader] State Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, is a doctor who works at nearly a half-dozen substandard nursing homes while he fights in Frankfort to protect the nursing home industry from personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits. It’s typically Alvarado leading the charge whenever the Kentucky General Assembly tries to curb litigation […]

He crashed to his death down the nursing home stairs. Nobody noticed for nine hours.

by Marcus Dorsey [Lexington Herald-Leader] Nobody at Woodcrest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center noticed Bobby Crail crashing down the stairs in his motorized wheelchair one Sunday morning in 2016. No one even went looking for him for the next nine hours. When Crail disappeared from a second-floor hallway, the staff at this Northern Kentucky nursing home assumed […]

‘Patients are getting screwed’ as Kentucky’s under-staffed nursing homes go unfixed

by Marcus Dorsey [Lexington Herald-Leader] At Sunrise Manor Nursing Home in Hodgenville, a frail woman spent a night in 2015 sitting precariously on her bathroom toilet, shouting uselessly for help, shivering with cold, because nobody remembered to return and assist her to bed. The nurse’s aide for that unit later told state inspectors that […]

Selecting a nursing home. Loved ones ‘have to monitor care on a daily basis.’

Sherry Culp, Executive Director of the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, describes how to select a nursing home for a loved one. Brookdale Senior Living resident Becky Walters talks about life in her nursing home.   Originally published by the Lexington Herald-Leader on the website.

Cynthiana woman earns Bernie Vonderheide Award

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency’s Michelle Barnett of Cynthiana (left) received the first annual Bernie Vonderheide Award for Outstanding Service for advocating for long-term care residents in Harrison County. Tom Kring of Lexington presented the award on behalf of Vonderheide, who was instrumental in NHOA’s founding in 1981.  A familiar name to Kentuckians, Vonderheide served […]

Grainger Foundation Awards NHOA $5,000

The Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency of the Bluegrass, Inc. (NHOA) thanks The Grainger Foundation, a private, independent foundation, for its recent donation of $5,000. The grant will be used to provide ombudsman services to 5,500 frail, disabled residents of long-term care facilities in the organization’s 17-county service area.  Special thanks to Zachary Bear, manager of […]