Nursing home complaints

Nursing home complaints

A Jan. 2 letter in The Vindi- cator by Terry Gallagher about nursing homes was so true.

In November 2001 I had to put my mother in a nursing home. She had Alzheimer’s and I could not take care of her. She was in the Alzheimer’s unit for only two months, and she fell at 12:30 a.m. and broke her hip. She was in another patient’s room and they were not watching her.

But as Terry said, the rehab was great. My sister and I were there every day to help her. We helped everyone else that we could help. They didn’t have enough help. Most of the staff was great, but they didn’t have enough help.

We moved our mother from that nursing home to one that was a little better, but they didn’t have enough help. And there are always some who are lazy or just don’t care.

My other sister, who died on July 24, 2010, was in a nursing home about 10 times in the last five years of her life. She was there for rehab and the rehab was great at this nursing home too.

The nursing home where my sister was the last time guided us to Hospice. Hospice is great; we thank God for the help they gave my sister until she died.

All of these nursing homes know when the state is coming. Before the state gets there, they clean and have everything looking good. When the state came to the first place where my mother was, I talked to them and asked them why the nursing home always knows when they are coming. They said they didn’t know.

Now I have Alzheimer’s. My prayer is that I never have to go to a nursing home.

Lulu Ann Bernardich, Youngstown