A Case of Hoof in Mouth

Earlier today I read an article about a Pennsylvania man who has been sued by his mother’s former nursing home.  Here’s a little background:

Pittas’ mother, Maryann, now 66, was admitted for six months to Liberty Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Allentown, Pa., in September 2007 after breaking two legs in a car accident. In March 2008, Pittas’ mother, who was born in the U.S., relocated to Greece, where her two other children live.

As the only remaining family member left in the U.S., Pittas was left to foot the $92,943.41 bill after his mother’s Medicaid application was not approved in time. The Health Care & Retirement Corp. of America, which owns Liberty Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, sued Pittas in May 2008 for the money and a trial court sided with the nursing home in 2011.

That is a disturbing story, but what really got my nit-picking grammarian goat was this passage:

Pittas’ mother, Maryann, now 66, was admitted for six months to Liberty Nursing Rehabilitation Center in Allentown, Pa., in September 2007 after breaking two legs in a car accident.

Okay.  If Maryann were a cow, I could see where this would work:  a cow has four legs, and broke two of them in the accident.  But Maryann is fully human (I’m guessing) and humans typically have only two legs.  Wouldn’t the above sentence make more sense if the writer had said “after breaking both legs”?

I’m sorry that it looks like the son is going to have to fork over some big bucks to his mother’s nursing home.  My family is lucky to have money tucked away for my mother’s continuing care.

And, as you can see here, it ain’t cheap in many states.

But somebody needs to give that writer a lesson in anatomy.  Please.

Human=2 legs Cow=4 legs

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14 thoughts on “A Case of Hoof in Mouth

  1. They shoot horses don’t they? Ohh..right…sad news for all of us “insured and uninsured ” folks. Those insurance companies aren’t about insuring our care neither long term or immediate care, they only care about PROFIT! Shocking, that!

  2. And my question is….did the son somehow take on the responsibility for the cost of her care by signing a guarantee or something? How did they decide he was responsible for her costs of care?
    But I do agree with your point, as well.
    I just got a note in the mail that my mom’s assisted living place is raising the rates-again. We do not have money tucked away…..it has flown away.

    • According to the article, Pennsylvania is one of 29 or so states that has a law making family members responsible for indigent parents. The son here is trying to work something out with his siblings so he won’t be the only one stuck with the bill. The nursing home says that the family should have applied earlier for Medicaid for the mother. They feel that they should be paid the amount they’re due for the six months of care the mother received. Tough case.

  3. our children will be the first generation receiving debt instead of inheritance when we die. very sad tale. and HORRID use of the english language!

  4. As my best friend (who works in the medical field) has said “Insurance companies are a business. They are in business to make money and that is what they are doing.” True enough but very sad for people to lose everything to pay for care for their elderly parents. Mother’s money was gone after two years. Now Sister and I make up the difference with the pittance from Social Security.

  5. I suppose that would be correct if she had broken one of hers and one of someone else’s.

    Your mother gets lots of points for having prepared well for her declining years. Take them off her Mean Tally.

  6. What a nightmare for the son living in PA that inherited this mess. I agree with your “nit-picking grammarian goat” but hey, maybe the writer had one too many high octane beverages with his editor over lunch. Writers are known to (ahem) tipple. When I was a researcher working in network news, my friend, Martini Max, and I would often lunch at our favorite watering hole (actually popped in there as recently as last night) for a few libations — with another writer-friend. Once when Max and I had one too many, upon our return to the office, I was given an assignment to write about the bridges of Madison County. I was so pickled I referred to them as the bridges of Madison Avenue. Fortunately, in a more sober moment I caught my quaff-induced gaffe before it went network-wide. If this writer was sober as a judge when he wrote “breaking two legs” then he’s just a lousy scribe.

  7. Geez Louise, I’m stone cold sober tonight and STILL managed to screw up a sentence. I meant to say: “When I was a researcher working in network news, my friend, Martini Max, and I would often lunch at our favorite watering hole (actually popped in there as recently as last night — with another writer-friend) for a few libations.” Chalk that one up to ordinary addle-brained idiocy.

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