The cost of a med/surg bed at Crouse Hospital is $1,639 a day. I have been here 16 days, therefore the cost is $26,224. The cost of a skilled nursing bed at Iroquois Nursing Home is $315 a day. If I had been there, where I belonged, for these 16 days then the cost would have been $4,040. The waste is now $22,184.
The NYS Attorney General’s Office, Health Care Bureau, has advised me to file complaints with (a) the NYS Dept. of Health, which I already have done; (b) the Office of Professional Medical Conduct and (c) Medicaid Fraud. The Medicaid Fraud intake detective says this may be criminal nursing home abuse.
I am still waiting for the Justice Center to get back to me. Ms Lamb’s email stated that she had not done the referral to CNY Legal.
I have called Legal Service of CNY and am waiting for them to get back to me.
I have just received a visit from a spiritual care fellow at Crouse. He’s Pentecostal and I’m sort of everything, which means that we connected at several levels, mostly about keeping your eye on the big picture: there is one deity, and we are called to take care of each other.
What I was left with from his visit was an awareness of my failures to testify to God’s movement in my life. I am an activist because God called me to make things better for people who are old, poor or sick. God has my back, and I work really really hard to stay humble about that. Fact: God loves me. Fact: I work for God.
I am so freaking sick that I’m receiving end-of-life care but I still can work for God. Nursing homes are supposed to serve people, not boss them around. Providing loving care is not the same as ordering people to be obedient.
God is good; everything goes better with God. That’s the word from my sponsor, now back to the action message.
Or not . . . I’m tired. Maybe tomorrow’s blog will be about all the people and places about which I’ve never filed complaints. There are service providers who get it right!