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Sunday, November 06, 2011 at 10:58 PM
The events of the last month leave me to wonder if this journal serves any purpose. The conclusion I have come to is the only way to keep your loved one safe in a group home or assisted living facility is to keep them out of one. The only person you can depend on is yourself. In the last month, I have observed the following in the group home Amber lives at: For a period of 20 days, nobody bought food for the residents. The last few days of that, one of the meals consisted of 1/2…  read complete post
Melinda says:
Friday, January 04, 2013 at 07:56 PM

Oh my God I so feel your pain. It it unreal the money these facilities are making for doing...NOTHING! I agree, keep your loved ones out of the facility if you can help it. I am in the process of getting my daughter home now from one. Every time we would go to pick her up her clothes would be filthy and her hair was gummy and greasy because none of the staff would help her take a bath. She has an IQ of 21 and has poor hand function and can't wash her own hair. She was repeatedly coming home with bruises and black eyes and no one ever knew where they came from. She doesn't have the communication skills to tell us what is happening. One day when we were taking her back we discovered a huge puddle of water by her bed. When we went and asked the staff where the water came from since it was obviously a hazard for her and other clients to fall in. The unconcerned staff stated, " Oh yeah, every time it rains heavy water leaks into the house from the foundation!." No one would even get up and clean it up, they just sat there and didn't even move. It was so close to my daughter's bed that if she rolled over in the night and her cover got too close to the floor it would soak up the water and wet her covers. Again , NO ONE CARED! So we cleaned it up and placed a towel close to where we thought it might be leaking in. Again every time it rained this would happen over and over, when we complained to management, the next time we picked my daughter up she was crying and told us that the staff made her clean up the water and punished her!!!!! And last but not least...our daughter would always have dirty under pants on too. When we picked our daughter up not only did we have to immediately go home to give her a bath, head washing and change her clothes, we would ask why her pants would be so soiled and why when she was home she wouldn't use paper. She finally let us know they didn't have toilet paper there. I thought she was mistaken and so I started checking and sure enough, NEVER was there any toilet paper!! This is a facility that gets paid about $600 a day by Medicaid per client to take care of them and they never washed their clothes, bathed them, Nothing of value!! Keep your loved ones home at all costs if you can!!

cecil Pearson says:
Monday, January 21, 2013 at 07:15 AM

I totally feel for you! After 22 yeas of group home living we have FINALLY brought our 41 year old daughter home to STAY! Easter Seals has no reguard for "Guardian of the person" since 1996! They constantly do doctors appoints, medicines etc without our knowledge! But the straw that broke the camels back was on Decemebr 14,2012 when she was given a DEPO-PEVERA injection after we specifically told them nOT to on December 12,2012. No doctor that she went to had a copy of (or were aware that there was legal guardianship) our guardianship on file (even though it is in her file at the group home). What is really bad is that there is no legal actions to be taken because "THERE HAS BEEN NO DAMAGES DONE! What a farce! Best/safest way is to BRING "EM HOME cause the system could care less!

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