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September 11, 1992 - Image 1

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1992-09-11

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Celebrating 50 years of growth with the Detroit Jewish ComnT


13 ELUL 5752/SEPTEMBER 11, 1992

State Slaps Borman Hall

Major changes in staffing and approach at Borman Hall come
amid a critical public health report.


hen Arnold Budin was named ex-
ecutive director of Borman Hall
last May, he said changes were
needed at the facility. A new
Michigan Department of Public
Health report confirms it.
Issued last month, the report
gives Borman Hall four Level A
deficiencies, citing major problems
in resident quality of life and qual-
ity of care. Among the concerns
noted in the report: residents' med-
ical needs need more attention;
residents often feel ignored by
Borman Hall staff; Borman as-
sessment accounts, which detail
the medical, mental and physical
status of each resident, are inade-
The state report also gives
Borman Hall 84 Level B deficien-
cies. Mostly environmental con-
cerns, these range from the need
for improved nurse-call systems to
the fact that the facility is official-
ly registered as Jewish Home No.
2, though the name on the build-
ing is Borman Hall.


Howard Kioc cannot remember a time
when the Nazis did not live with him. They
were there in the death camp films he
could not bear to watch and there when he
returned home to parents who had sur-
vived the war, but could not bear to speak
of it. Then one day Mr. Kloc took a tape
recorder and asked his mother to talk
about the Holocaust. He wanted to know
everything. Today, the wartime memories
of the Klocs are included in a new book
...And So We Must Remember. Published
through Temple Emanu-El, the book com-
prises selections written by congregants
and their families. The initial purpose of
the book was to capture Holocaust recol-
lections. But for many involved, it proved
to be much more than a matter of writing
and editing. It meant lifting layer upon
layer of silence, removing the shroud of
uneasy quiet that had enveloped families
for years.

A Fragile History

Story on page 24

Hall has not made major progress
toward decreasing its number of
Level A deficiencies, revocation
of the facility's certification will be-
Mr. Budin is determined to see
that does not happen and has
come forth with an agenda he says
will get Borman Hall back on
track. It indudes the hiring of new
upper-level personnel and a pro-
gram of what he calls "changing
attitudes"— refocusing the way
staffrelate,s to residents.

Conducted annually at nursing
care facilities throughout Mich-
igan, the state reports are based
on interviews with residents cho-
sen at random,
talks with resi-
dents' families
and observation.
The report deals
only with Bor-
man Hall in
Detroit — the
Jewish Home for
Aged's Fleisch-
man Home in
West Bloomfield
and Prentis Ma- Borman Hall in Detroit.
nor in Southfield
are inspected
The public health team will re-
turn in 45 days — on Oct. 1— to
Borman Hall to see that changes
are being implemented. If head-
way has not been made by that
point, the facility will receive a re-
prieve of another 45 days.
If, at the end of 90 days, Borman



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Many of the recommendations
outlined in the report had already
been noted by Mr. Budin.
"We've gotten our financial
house in order," Mr. Budin said.
Now he is asking the community
for a little patience as he solves
the facility's other ills.
BORMAN page 12

Take Off

Over 1,100 will fly to Israel next
April from Detroit.


en David B. Hermelin
first discussed the idea of
a Miracle Mission, he was
thinking of one El Al flight
direct from Detroit to Tel Aviv with 200
people aboard. He and his Mission com-
mittee figured they would need a heavy
boost from the High Holiday pulpits of
area rabbis to build excitement and in-
terest in the April 18-28 mission.
But that's no longer necessary. The
Miracle Mission has already grown
from one 747 to three. There are at least
1,150 people who have submitted ap-
plications with deposits for the trip.
There are only 200 spaces remaining.
Applications have been coming it at 20
a day.
The Mission, co-sponsored by the
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit and The Jewish News in hon-
or of its 50th anniversary, is already
MISSION page 22




Clinton and Bush woo B'nai B'rith
convention delegates.

page 31


Board Room

Bankruptcy attorneys are doing big

page 41

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