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14 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, October 10 - October 16, 1997 Nursing home reform topic of Sussex public hearing Oct. 15 By Rosanne Pack Attorney General Richard R. Wier Jr. will be a registry where ary day care or nursing ratio? What about financial aspects? Some istory of abuse or ne- of the elderly have their nest egg sucked up A legislative and citizens investigative panel on nursing home reform will conduct public hearings in all counties with the first hearing set in Sussex County on Wednes- day, Oct. 15. The meeting will be in the Sussex County Council Chambers adminis- tration office building on The Circle in Georgetown, at 7 p.m. Sen. Robert Marshall (D-Wilmington) announced the formation of the panel that will conduct a comprehensive review into Delaware nursing home practices. After the Sussex public heating, one is scheduled for Kent County, Wednesday, Oct. 22; the hearings conclude Monday, Oct. 27, in Newark. The senator said, "Our mission is to make sure that the people who reside in Delaware nursing-home beds are safe, are receiving quality care and are not being fi- nancially exploited." Members of the appointed task force in- clude patient advocates, senior citizens, nursing home care providers, attorneys with elder law expertise and legislators. Former Peace Keepers Continued from page 12 ed, and the important focus is the role of the man as the spiritual head of the household. A husband should love his wife as Christ loved the church, which is giv- ing one's life for someone, not oppres- sive, but sub- servient to the degree in which com- mitment is re- Preston Dyer quired." (1) and Matt The majori- McGinness on ty of the the Mall. Promise Keepers have found support at home for their commitment. There is even a coinciding move- ment, "Women for Promise," who prayed to God that they would be the shield to allow the sacred as- sembly in D.C. to have its full ef- fect. In fact, excluding women from their gatherings locally and na- tionally allows the men to share their emotions in a more honest and open way. "There's nothing macho about it. It's just easier for men to share their failures amongst themselves. If a woman is present, it can inhibit that open- ness. After all, we're dealing pri- marily with problems of the flesh, ego and materialism," Dyer said. And what of homosexuality? Homosexual men are invited to join in, Taylor said. "The Promise Keepers say we love you, but you need to repent your sin. The Bible says it's a sin, just like adultery. We work toward repentance, de- liverance and reconciliation." Taylor felt that reconciliation strongly last Saturday. At 3:30 p.m., the crowd in the Mall hushed in prayer, asked the Holy Spirit for deliverance and sang songs of praise and reconciliation. "When everyone was singing, I felt this breeze on my back, legs, serve as special counsel to the Investigative Panel. According to Steve Tanzer, administra- tive assistant, state senate, the panel should have initial recommendations to the Delaware General Assembly by early in 1998. Tanzer said that response to Mar- shall's announcement of the panel and the hearings has been great. Response to hearings "The phone has barely stopped ringing," he said. "We are hearing powerful stories from family members and from profession- als in the field. "This came in the wake of legislation Sen. Marshall drafted that would require more stringent background checks and ac- curate recording of employment records of those who work in day care for children. .The senator found that there is also a lot of concern regarding workers in nursing homes that provide care for adults." Marshall said he feels that there should home worker with a h glect would be identit indications that some' to job without their hi! performance followir ion, former employer., ity of notifying prosp worker's record. He said that his offi nificant number of ca bers of those in nur,, those who work in th "What we want to, at nursing homes," M assembled a panel of and several private ci sues of the elderly. W pendent look and we public." Tanzer said t] ly, including those o will escalate in Suss continues to grow as He said the issues are "Do some homes n neck and arms and the leaves on the trees above us weren't moving - I got chill bumps. I asked the guys I was praying with if they felt it and they did too - it was the Holy Spirit moving through the crowd," he said. The minister on stage asked them all to search their hearts and admit anything they have done against someone because of, ethnic background or other differences and look to the person to the left, asking for for- giveness. "There was a black guy standing to my left and he turned to me and said I hate you and want to kill you because you are white and I'm wrong and I ask you to forgive me. We both started to cry and I forgave him," Taylor re- caI counted. "A healing took place a r there and for anyone to put the ye Promise Keepers down is not to as know what happened. It was an historic day in this country, a most tie awesome event. Our nation needs Pro healing and I believe we'll see the the beginning of a revival which starts wi at the head of the household," he act continued. "God was in total con- ior trol and I think he was well pl( pleased." me The local Promise Keepers meet once a month at different churches and their goal is to include as many churches as wish to partici- pate. Dyer said they are preparing for major gatherings in every state Furniture Restorers, Inc. Finish Removal - Safely remove the existing finish using a modified hand-stripping method and prepare for stain application. Refinishing- Remove the existing finish, stain and adjust color, and apply a new finish to last for years. 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"We have ;ome elected officials tizens with ties to is- e want to get an inde- need input from the mt issues of the elder- f nursing home care, x County as the area a haven for retirees. broad and diverse. ed better staff-patient ,ital in the year 2000, as well as ,gional assembly at RFK next x, when they plan to take boys oung as seven with them. as they believe that their salva- n begins in the home, the mise Keepers are focusing on ir children and younger men, h the more-seasoned veterans ing as mentors, trying to fash- their own behavior as exam- :s that will lead the younger n in the right direction. when they go into a home," Tanzer said. "The issue of large corporations buying up nursing homes is another thing to look at. We are talking about publicly traded com- modities and the corporations are looking at the bottom line. How do you maintain prof- itability, satisfy shareholders and balance it with the bottom line? Who in the combina- tion ensures the great care?" Looking for solutions Sen. George H. Bunting (D-Bethany Beach) agrees that the nursing home issue is one of concern in southern Delaware and specifically in the eastern portion of Sus- sex. He said that the aging population needs available and quality care and the needs will increase as more people retire in the area. Bunting has received questions and comments from his constituents, but many of them are regulatory issues that can be re- ferred to the appropriate agency. He said he Continued on page 15 "We can provide insight into problems through our own experi- ences and we stress accountabili- ty. We're open and honest and admit our failures and ask other men to hold us accountable - it's very powerful - and what we share stays there. You become very close, very quickly," Dyer added. Anyone wanting more informa- tion about the Promise Keepers may contact Dyer at 644-1400. HAVE SOME PILLOWS ON US! 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