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Elderly looking for new home after assisted living facility stops taking Medicaid

April 22, 2018 09:50 AM

Some of the elderly people at a Geneva assisted living facility have found themselves looking for new homes after the facility stopped taking Medicaid.

The owner of Seneca Lake Terrace says that the facility simply can't afford to keep them there anymore.

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It's a tough thing for not only the people there, but for their children. Seneca Lake Terrace was home sweet home for their mothers, until a letter changed everything. It said the company would no longer accept Medicaid, a big surprise to Tiffany Ryan, whose mom lived there for three years.

"[There was] no forewarning, no professionalism, no even human contact with administration we see all the time," she says.

The letter went out to nearly a dozen residents, including Cindy Cordon's mother, who opened it.

"She was hysterical," says Cordon, "I came out of work to 16 missed calls from her, stating I need to come see her right away, it was an emergency, she's being evicted."

Sisters Nancy Mantell and Mary Jepsen, meanwhile, had to break the news to their 95-year-old mother.

"Now, having to pull her out and put her into a place where nothing is familiar is going to be very difficult," says Jepsen.

So why is this happening? Owner Robert Borsody says it's just the cost of business. 

"For 12 beds, you lose money on every bed," he says.

The rate for a room is a little more than $3,200, but Medicaid will only play a little more than $3,000. 

"We pay expenses," says Borsody, "We pay local taxes, we pay our employees."

Borsody says, however, that no resident will be kicked out on the street- but now the families are left struggling to find somewhere for their elderly mothers to go. 

"They just want to rid themselves of these folks," says Cordon, "Which is sad, because they don't deserve that at all." 

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