You’re ahead of us –
but they will usually follow all of the original patterns
sometimes with slight adjustments –
I’d say the elderly, like the young and children are being targeted with
a pretty broad brush they’re using in attacking those groups in many ways –
from no school lunches to student loans and attacks on Social Security.
A lot to be said on all of that – as these people get thrown in the dumpster.
But, I say it particularly because of conversations I’ve had with a friend (and
her brother) who have had to take care of parents over the last years.
They’re on the front lines and see what is really going on –
From her report on facilities for the elderly it’s dismal –
She was telling me of talking with workers in one place where they were saying
that only two or a few years ago, the place was quite acceptable. New owners
came in, cut their salaries, took away their benefits and took over their pensions
if I understood correctly. The place is now very poorly run and the employees
can’t keep up with the work and are themselves part of the problem now.
These elderly patients are not being taken care of as they should be – they are
To shorten the story – what I’m thinking of is “Born on the Fourth of July” and
Ron Kovic as the model they’re headed for.
Or, government-backed facilities –
This sister and brother had to take on the responsibility of their parents because the
father was in a car accident which left him only needing a great deal of care.
The daughter had an excellent position with a law firm – lived about an hour away –
and ended up having to ask for a transfer to an office closer to them so she could care
for them. Quite soon, she realized she had to move in with them.
Eventually, she was let go – and she has a law suit pending for age bias.
The Mother was almost a year in a facility where she and the brother spent as much
time there as possible doing what they could – in one place the food was so bad, they
were bringing food for the Mother. Two or three months ago, the Mother passed away –
and the daughter said it was a horrible five days before she died.
She continues now taking care of the Father – and she has been able to afford a few
hours of health care still from private caretakers for him – at $30 an hour.
But she is very grateful to have that help – and fortunately she found excellent people.
Caring for the Father is becoming more difficult for her – he was recently in a health
facility where she said they did not know how to take care of him – think he has a
colostomy situation/bag as the accident caused damage to his spine. Again, she and
the brother had to help with his care, even there.
Currently, she is trying to keep him at home – actually hoping that he may pass away
given the loss of his wife which often happens. And said he is now “accepted” at the
VA which is still a good facility in her opinion, but she is trying to hold off.
And, of course, we all know that the GOP also has the VA in its sights for destruction -
where they are supplying medications at much more reasonable prices for patients who
served in the military – and still much more reasonable care for them overall.
Yes – imo – this is where we are headed.
Impoverish us all and reduce us to “the needy.”