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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Save our seniors

If you love a loud protest like I do, you won't want to miss these three videos on the Capitol Fax Blog (3rd, 4th and 5th videos on this page).

But more important is the worthy message of the protesters:

... the Civic Action Network held an unusual Springfield protest yesterday. Instead of heading to the Statehouse, like everybody else does, they descended upon an office of two lobbyists for the nursing home industry. They brought mock coffins and shouted slogans, including “”Terry Sullivan, what do you say! How many seniors have to die today?” referring to one of the lobbyists.

Consider this scenario if you don't know what they're talking about: It's late at night at one of the dingiest nursing homes on the outskirts of a small downstate town. The place stinks so bad that those who can, go to the smoking room because it actually smells better than the rest of the place. In the respiratory wing, the motor on one man's life support ventilator just broke down and a housekeeper is giving him manual respiration, another woman needs to have her tracheostomy suctioned right now or she'll suffocate on her own mucus, another patient has been left sitting on the toilet for an hour, another patient is wailing because her TV is on the fritz, the quadriplegic 16 year old darling of the place lays on the floor because his motorized wheelchair has been stolen by another patient, a very aggressive patient with a raging hard-on has cornered a scared and frail old woman in her room, the only other housekeeper changes someone's shitted up sheets, while the only nurse on duty, an LPN, who is so overworked and frazzled from being in charge of more than 30 patients by herself, sits in the breakroom, dazed and confused, wishing she could be sedated like most of her patients. All while the owner of the nursing home sits in his suburban north shore mansion counting his Medicare and Medicaid cash.

They need more staffers. That's what the protesters want.

Watch the videos, please.

To the Civic Action Network, I have two words: Right on! And thank you.

Posted by Marie at April 29, 2010 10:55 PM


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