James Square stole my power wheelchair—I think that’s what really broke my spirit. During the night, they took my chair out of my room while I was sleeping. They took it down to Maintenance, removed the charger and the batteries and damaged the circuit breaker, then brought it back and put it in my room without telling me. I got in the chair and it wouldn’t start; that’s how I found out. They had no right. But nobody cares enough to do anything about it.
Last week three people died here on 3 South, the short-term rehab unit. How is that possible? People whose physicians deemed them in need of a few weeks of rehabilitation and then discharge to home—instead they came to James Square and died. I’ve filed dozens of complaints about the inferior care here—NYS nursing home hotline, Onondaga Dept. of Health, NYS ombudsmen—local, regional, state—they all say there is nothing they can do. Medicare, Medicaid, state, federal—nobody does anything. They all list problems and write reports but nobody does any enforcement.
The first person who died here was in the bed from which I was transferred ten days ago. The second person who died was in the bed in the room next to mine now. Death is coming closer but can’t find me.
Soon, soon. The United States doesn’t care about its old folks. It wants us to die and stop taking up resources.
The only thing to do is have children.