The future of elder care?

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It’s not much to look at: A squat, blond-brick box of a building on a narrow Hyde Park street. But, until recently, Park Place was a jewel – the kind of nursing home to which staff would gladly send their own parents.

It wasn’t fancy, but it was small and homey, owned and run by the Sheehan family, which had a handful of nursing homes around the state. It had longtime staffers who knew their patients — most of modest means — and administrators who listened to their families.

But in December of 2012, the Sheehans sold Park Place. Staff and families say that once Videll began running it, the 53-bed Park Place went downhill quickly. Their complaints are backed up by a thick stack of federal survey reports.

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