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August 18, 1995 - Image 21

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1995-08-18

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the American consulate in the
Moldova area, Michael Perper re-
ceived the 30-day pass and made
plans to travel.
He arrived July 30 in New
/\- D York and toured the East Coast
with a relative of the Perpers and
other friends who had immi-
grated. He arrived by car in De-
troit on Friday for the Saturday
birthday celebration.
"We talked until four in the
morning," Mr. Tenenboym said.
"I have known him for 24 years
but I haven't seen him in four
years. We had a lot to talk about."
Mr. Perper, a computer pro-

grammer, has enjoyed his stay in
the States. He is particularly im-
pressed with the quality of the
roads and the hospitality of the
people. He hopes to return to
Moldova Aug. 25 and then begin
the formal immigration process
that would some day make him
an American citizen.
"The deepest impression that
I have is that this is a nice place
to live because of the people. They
are nice and friendly," Mr. Perp-
er said. "I have family here and
friends here."
"It would be nice to live here,"
he said. O

JHA In W. Bloomfield
Gets A Step Closer



he Jewish Federation of
Metropolitan Detroit and
the publicly owned Health
Care and Retirement Corp.
expect to receive township and
state approval for a $10 million
skilled nursing home in West
Bloomfield within six to eight
The plan: To build a 165-bed
home for frail Jewish elderly.
HCR will lease Federation land
on the Jewish Community Cam-
pus at Maple and Drake roads.
The Federation can terminate
the contract and assume owner-
ship of the home if HCR does not
maintain state-regulated stan-
dards of quality care.
HCR, which has submitted
blueprints to government offici a ls
for site approval, will take bids
from contractors for construction
of the home. Groundbreaking is
expected to take place in Octo-
ber. Federation and HCR spokes-
men forecast completion during
the summer of 1997.
Of the 165 state-licensed beds,
/-) 40 will be certified for Medicaid.
Others will be reserved for pri-
vate-pay residents. This ratio has
slat med some Detroiters who ac-
cuse Federation of promoting a
home for the rich.
The poor stepchild, they say,
will remain the Southfield-based
Menorah House, which is li-
censed for 220 beds, all of them
, Medicaid-certified.
But Mark Davidoff, chief fi-
nancial officer of Federation, says
plans for the West Bloomfield
home were tailored to the needs
of a diverse Jewish population.
`There are people who want to
be served in the Southfield and
Oak Park area. We have a com-
mitment to that part of the com-
munity," he says. "We also have
a commitment to the West
Bloomfield area."
HCR will operate and super-

vise the Maple/Drake home. The
Jewish Federation will oversee
cultural and religious program-
ming there, as it does at the pri-
vately owned Menorah House.
Janice Shatzman, co-chair
with Doug Etkin of the Federa-
tion committee working with
HCR, denies allegations that the
Jewish community, in the
process of turning over nursing-
home operations to private com-
panies, has shirked its
responsibility to the elderly.
"We think that we're fulfilling
our responsibility," she says. "We
see our responsibility as the pro-
vision of Jewish content rather
than the provision of health-care
services, and we've made
arrangements with high-quality
health-care providers to offer
skilled nursing facilities on be-
half of the Jewish community."
At Prentis Manor, a 100-bed
Jewish nursing home on Lahser
Road in Southfield, some resi-
dents and family members an-
ticipate problems. All beds at
Prentis are Medicaid-certified,
although currently about 20 per-
cent of residents there are
Medicare or private-pay.
By the summer of 1997, beds
at Prentis will be de-certified and
some will be transferred to the
Maple-Drake location. Prentis
will eventually close.
The dilemma: What to do with
residents at Prentis who will not
receive Medicaid beds in West
Bloomfield, but cannot afford to
become private-pay residents?
Ms. Shatzman says options in-
clude transferring them to Meno-
rah House or to other nursing
facilities in the metro area.
To allow for natural attrition,
which will reduce the numbers
of transfers necessary, Prentis
Manor will stop admissions
sometime prior to the opening of
the West Bloomfield home. 0


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