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  •  The nursing home bosses vs. their own workers (5+ / 0-)

    I agree. The working people at the horrendous Golden Living Center I describe above were uniformly kind and caring but there were so few of them that they couldn't do a good job. Many had limited English and seem to have been paid minimum wage. Typically, one RN - also with limited English - covered nights and weekends. One orderly, a man about 65 himself, also had another job and complained that GLC kept switching his hours. That trick, along with keeping many workers on part time status, made it difficult for workers and patients to form relationships. The food, needless to say, was almost inedible compared to the decent food at the non-profit Burke Center. GLC ran its physical therapy through a separate for-profit subsidiary, Aegis Therapies,  and again, the physical and occupational therapists were good people. One young woman was particularly good with my uncle but confided that she and her equally young colleagues planned to move on to better-paying jobs once they gained some experience at GLC.

    If my soldiers were to begin to think, not one would remain in the ranks. -Frederick the Great

    by Valatius on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 07:00:39 AM PST

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    •  Being a baby boomer, I went through the school (3+ / 0-)
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      jabney, NapaJulie, Villanova Rhodes

      system and now expect the same thing on this end of my life.

      What to do, maybe like they said in a John Wayne movie, pick the biggest meanest one and spit right in their eye.  That way it would be quick at least.

      Personally I would like to just stay home and know I could do it with a tube of nitrous oxide to ease the pain.  I don't think they sell nitrous oxide on the street and I am not in good with any dentists.  But you never know I still have a few years to score one.

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