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Welcome and introduce yourself June 16, 2006 7:25 PM



I've opened this thread so that everyone can introduce themselves.

I live in Australia and am a full-time caregiver to my mother who had brain surgery over three years ago.

I'm interested in health care reform, mainly in the area of old people's homes. 

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Hey! June 27, 2006 12:26 AM

Sorry it took so long for me to see this, I was out of town... good idea to have an introductions thread. I'll pin it. Thanks!!!!  [ send green star]
 
~~~waving~~~ June 30, 2006 12:11 AM


Hi Rach,

I'm glad you didn't mind me opening the new thread.
Thanks for pinning it


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Hi Rach, August 21, 2006 2:18 AM

I hope you are well

Just dropping by. I've got a couple of articles that I'll post here soon, gotta search thru my bookmarks.

Have a good week
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Hello from USA August 26, 2006 8:48 PM

I was a caregiver for my father for some years, and am fully aware of the challenges.  Although most of the time my dad was in a nursing home, he still required enormous support and help from us.  We moved him three times before we finally were able to find a comfortable and efficient nursing facility....and even then, because of his particular problem, we still had several issues to confront.

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Newbie! January 27, 2007 10:34 PM

Hi everyone. I just joined.  I recently visited my aunt in an outstate nursing home. The smell just about knock me down when I opened the door!  My aunt felt real warm, was coughing and whezing.  She talked out of her head.  I notified the nurses desk about her condition, but they acted very indifferent.  Alot of the people in the center was sick, but they said my aunt was not.  They said they would check on her.  After we left, our clothes sunk so bad, I was about sick to my stomack by the time we got to a motel to take them off.  How can doctors, nurses, health departments, visitors, tax payers allow nursing homes to get away with this type of living condition for our elders?  What are the ones in authority to report to? What is the procedure?  I am a baby boomer and I sure do not want to be living in those conditions when I can't take care of myself!  How can this group help change the rest homes, nursing homes now?  GOD Bless! Judy C.

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I know what you mean February 01, 2007 10:26 PM

There are offices at a State level ......don't know where you are, but take a look in  your phone book.....or even get on the computer and see what you can find.  Nursing homes have to answer to health inspectors and nursing home standards.  Also, you can phone the Senior Services in thay specfic nursing home area and ask someone there for a  state/county office phone number.  They even keep lists of how  many times these "homes" have been reported and for what.  Get their history and some ammuntition. Prepare to TURN THEM IN ! 

Once you get that info, you can always write to the MAIN office of the Nursing Home...most of them are part of a chain.  Let the head honchos know what you think. Sometimes they just don't know at top level how bad things are at a local level.

One more thing....unless you can be near your loved one and if you are placing her back in the same facility...just be aware there could be reprisals !  I say could be, because it would be so easy....so you might want to tread lightly as you go while keeping eyes/ears open until you  are sure of what can be done. If I only had known then what to do that I know now:  keep a log of names (nurses and even patients)  incidents, and dates, times.  Go visit at very odd hours !  Really !  Go VERY early in the morning...go late in the PM...  catch them at off hours and when guest are not expected....you might be surprised.  Most "homes" that have nothing to hide will envite you to come anytime if you are one of the loved ones.

When I had a problem with the place in Texas where my dad was, I went to the front office and spoke privately w the adminstrator.  Things got better in a hurry for dad !  (all accept the stolen clothes!) However, He was in a home for 4 years and was on my toes around the clock to feel sure he was in the best place possible, etc.

Good luck!   And do let us know how things are going for you.

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Nursing Homes February 01, 2007 10:34 PM

Hi Tricia,

Thank you for the information and heads up about any reprisals that could occur.  I live three hours from my Aunt. But, I will see about calling some of the contacts you suggested.  The night we visited was about 9:00 p.m. and they did not know we were coming. So, I do believe it was a surprise, even tho a church group were ministrying on the other side from where the residents rooms are.

GOD Bless!

Judy C.

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Welcome Everyone May 12, 2007 7:24 PM

We are happy to have all of our friends to be a part of this wonderful group.

Thank You!

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 May 14, 2007 9:39 AM

THANK YOU JEANNE  FOR THE INVITE! I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT

CAN BE DONE TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH SITUATION FOR ALL!

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Welcome and introduce yourself May 15, 2007 6:56 AM

WELCOME Susan to our group! I am looking forward to reading your posts. I want to thank Jeanne for inviting you!

Please tell us if you have had problems health care for your self or others in you family!

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all are welcome ?Good will ambassador of 63 countries who is born and brought up in India May 16, 2007 12:08 AM

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A Voice Instead of an Echo May 17, 2007 7:29 AM

Thanks Judy, for the invite, we  have the same problem here in Australia too.  Perhaps I can learn a thing or two. 

Jennifer

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 May 17, 2007 11:56 PM

Welcome Jennifer to this great group! Please post what is needed in your country concerning Raising Care Standards/Healthcare Reform and what you know is good standards!   [ send green star]
 
 May 22, 2007 3:42 PM

Hello Everyone..Thanks for the invite Judy..Will do and help in any way that I am able.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
Call your County Ombudsman June 26, 2007 9:27 PM

He is your County Official responsible for Health Care Facilities.  My story with Nursing Homes concerns my very short stay (3 days). I had serious surgery and because I live alone my Dr. suggested me going into a Nursing Facility to recuperate.  I was in York, Pa. near to Hershey Hospital, Pa. where my Dr. practiced.  They allowed 2 showers a week (7 days). Meals that were undescribable. Lunch time the room cleaner came and beat your side table with a dust cloth by your food.  I said, "Excuse me, please" !  I had a bladder infection, I was told my Dr. at Hershey was called and would get back to me.  The call never came.  So, I called his office about my infection and that the nursing home had called him. He told me they didn't call him and I've just had serious surgery, "Get to Hershey, immediately".  The staff told me they would not allow me to leave. They did not call my Dr. at the hospital because they have a Dr. on staff, that is the Nursing Facility Dr. and he comes in twice a week.  I turned around with my walker and I got punched by a wacko patient right in the stomach.  Behind the counter they said, "nothing".  Well,  I raised my voice to let me out of here.  They sent three people, separately, to talk me into staying.  I gave them an ultimatum, to let me leave or I was suing them.  I was at their mercy.  The Dr. never gave me the medicine that my Surgeon ordered him to give me for infection, diabetes or high blood pressure.  I did get out of there, but, every floor down had a combination lock, as if I was a prisoner.  I went to see the Surgeon by taxi from the Nursing Home and went directly home, afterwards.  Which is something I should have done in the first place, no matter what the risk of being alone.  I would have taken care of MYSELF better being alone.  I contacted the Ombudsman, he did nothing.  I refused to have insurance or myself pay their bill.  They never confronted me about anything.  I had to sign a bunch of legal documents to get out, which was in the favor of the Nursing Home, but, I was cohersed in order to get out and to my surgeon.  I will tell you today, I will never go to another Nursing Home, I will die alone, first !  The elderly and sick are throw away people.  Our Governments should be ashamed.  When I looked on the Petition Site for Seniors, there is basically nothing there.  I'm so mad, I want to do away with Political Pensions and Lifetime Care for those heartless leaders in Washington, D.C.  They do a rotten job and get too much money after they leave office.  Most do such a bad job, they should be fired and given the boot.  No, they get taken care of, like Kings till they die.  We get kept filthy, infectious and abused.  Either by staff members or other patients that are not aware of their behavior. Well, I guess I've said enough.  God bless you all, for all the plights you have gone through or are going to go through !  I just know, it's not happening to me, ever again.  I attempted to sue, but, no lawyers wanted to touch the case, at all !  I learned a lesson and I'm thankful I learned it while I was young and coherent.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 
"Introducing Myself!" August 29, 2007 10:43 AM

     Hi, everybody!  My name is Cynde, I'm a Christian, and I live in the beautiful Fingerlakes Region of Upstate New York with my awesome, Christian husband, Dion.  We have 2 sons;  Josh just turned 20 yrs. old and Jon is almost 16 yrs. old.  I have a twin sister that looks just like me (poor thing~LOL!) and her name is Sande; an older sister, Carol Lee; another set of twin sisters named Barbara & Beverly; two older brothers, Fred & Tracy; and my brother John is in heaven.  I write poems, short stories & childrens books (nothing published yet) and am currently working on my first novelette.  Right now I'm taking a writing course at the Institute of Children's Literature (ICL) to hone my writing skills.  Sande & I sing together~mostly at church, weddings & things like that and I love to read, ride horses, swim and my favorite thing in the world to do is just spend time with my husband.  (he reads to me, too.)

     Now that you know my whole life story, I want to thank Judy for inviting me to this group.  This is a subject that is near & dear to my heart.  I have seen so many loved ones who have not received proper care and it just infuriates me.  We must make our voices be heard on their behalf because they aren't in a position to help themselves anymore~they need us.  I'm disabled and am not able to be online everyday, but if you need my help, I'll do my best to be there.  I really want to be a part of this and to help make a difference.  God bless you all!

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 December 24, 2008 7:45 AM

HI TO ALL. I JUST JOINES 2 MINUTES AGO. THIS IS GREAT SITE. I'M 69, JUST TURN DEC 20. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT TO EVERYONE. THE CONDITIONS AT SOME NURSING HOMES ARE SO BAD. MY MOM WAS IN ONE THAT WAS JUST HORRIBLE. THIS IS GREAT. HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS. JILL

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Hello January 20, 2009 10:06 PM

Hi Jill E. 
A very belated welcome to the forum. 

I've been away from Care2 for about 21 months and have yet to settle back into a routine of visiting the forums.  This is my first post in ages. 
I see on your homepage that one of your pet hates is being ignored --

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