Feedback: Adult Home Set To Close, State Blamed


Mary Derleth's 78 year old mother, Jane, means the world to her.

That's why she's helping her mom move into a new adult home.

It's care that Jane simply needs.

"There was some dementia and it was getting (to be) winter and I was afraid she would walk," said Derleth.

Until recently, Jane lived at the Evergreen Home for Adults in Pulaski with 20 other seniors.

She moved because Evergreen is slated to close as soon as the end of February.

"For most of our facilities, including Evergreen, we rely predominantly on the SSI rate," said James Kane, owner of Adirondack Manor Home For Adults, which operates Evergreen.

That's the Supplemental Security Income rate, which is barely over $1,200 per month per resident.

That's not enough for Evergreen to pay the bills.

While there may be no beds available at the home by the end of February, there will be some available in the north country.

Angel's Inn in Watertown is one place with room.

"I can hold 24. We have 12 residents right now and we'll take them with open arms," said Melinda Abbott, administrator for Angels Inn.

But there's a catch.

Angel's Inn is strictly private pay.

That means it won't let Social Security pay the rent for residents.

Beds are scarce at homes that do use the SSI rate.

"New York needs to step it up and pay more for their elderly," said Derlith.

Because of her dementia, Jane doesn't have much to say.

But she appears happy in her new home.

All the while, her daughter is wondering how many others won't be so lucky.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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