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Do you really hate your parents, grandparents, or all old people in general, for some reason? Do you feel like today’s nursing homes are just too cushy for your liking? Well then, you will really, really love the way the Trump administration is making nursing homes great again.

Back in August, Trump decided to ditch an Obama-era rule and make it legal, once again, for nursing homes to require patients to sign away their right to sue them in a court of law, and bind them to arbitration should something terrible happen to them during their stay. But nursing homes and elder abuse enthusiasts just did not feel that was quite enough.

After much lobbying, they got their wish. The Trump Administration is now easing fines on nursing homes found to be mistreating residents.

The Trump administration is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury, part of a broader relaxation of regulations under the president.

The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the industry’s main trade group, has complained that under President Barack Obama, federal inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve.

“It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump in December 2016.

Since 2013, nearly 6,500 nursing homes — four of every 10 — have been cited at least once for a serious violation, federal records show. Medicare has fined two-thirds of those homes. Common citations include failing to protect residents from avoidable accidents, neglect, mistreatment and bedsores.

The purpose of these fines, of course, is not to rain on anyone’s parade, or drain these nursing homes of money they don’t have. It is to put the kibosh on a serious problem and make these homes work hard to take it seriously.

With the new regulations, even if your neglect literally kills someone, you will not get fined more than $21,000. Like in this instance:

In September 2016, for instance, health inspectors faulted Lincoln Manor, a nursing home in Decatur, Ill., for failing to monitor and treat the wound of a patient whose implanted pain-medication pump gradually slipped over eight days through a ruptured suture and protruded from her abdomen. The patient died.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services fined Lincoln Manor $282,954, including $10,091 a day for 28 days, from the time the nursing home noticed the problem with the wound until supervisors had retrained nurses to avoid similar errors. An administrative law judge called the penalties “quite modest” given the “appalling” care.

It is understandable that nursing homes find these fines overwhelming, or that they are mad about the amount of paperwork they have to do in order to comply with regulations. Paperwork sucks! But you know what probably sucks more? Dying because the nursing home you are in failed to comply with regulations, or losing a parent or grandparent as the result of neglect in the nursing home they are in.

Janine Finck-Boyle, director of health regulations and policy at LeadingAge, a group of nonprofit nursing homes and other entities that care for older people, said the group’s members had been struggling to cope with regulations.

“If you’re a 50-bed rural facility out West or in the Dakotas,” she said, “you don’t have the resources to get everything done from A to Z.”

That, too, is understandable. But you know what might be better than simply getting rid of these regulations and fines? Using the fines to help nursing homes get those resources. Socializing elder care to a higher degree. The average certified nursing assistant in an elder care facility only makes $24,000-27,000 a year, which is why it’s a profession not a whole lot of people are interested in going into. It’s hard work for not a lot of money. Perhaps if these homes could get more government funding, they’d be able to attract more qualified workers and thus cut down on the neglect problem. This, in turn, would likely result in fewer fines.

Or, you know, we could just decide to not give a fuck and let the nursing homes do whatever with our aging populace. That seems to be the direction Trump is going in.

[New York Times]

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  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    It’s costing over $9,000/month for Grandpa Toomush in the nursing home. He thinks he’s got plenty of money to cover it…

    • Bananas Foster

      I would love to see audits on some of these places.

      • Ellie

        In NY, the previous Health Department survey has to be readily available for viewing near the main entrance. NOBODY should place a loved one in a home without looking at it or the Medicare rating.

    • Vienna Woods

      Good God. That’s more than three times what my mom pays for a private room in a good public home here in Ontario.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        We should move him?… He’s 96….

    • cmd resistor

      They used to attach a little note on the bottom of my mom’s bills saying, let us know when you get down to your last $15,000 so we can help you fill out the Medicaid paperwork.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        They still do that. Grandma Toomush is still alive, too, so, there’s that….

        • cmd resistor

          Her long term disability paid about 1/3 of the monthly bill for 3 years. Fortunately my dad had left things so she didn’t run out of $$ but still that is a bunch of $$.

  • TJ Barke

    If it’s the most amoral, stupid, terrible decision possible, you can bet Trump is for it.

    • BadKitty904

      He’s consistent in that, if nothing else.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        like chronic hallitosis

  • memzilla Ω

    Shorter article title: Soylent Green: The Prequel.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      A Very Soylent Christmas

      • Grokenstein

        Soylent Night, Holy Night (or Deadly Night if you love your movies really bad)

  • therblig
    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      So, who paid for this?…

    • Grokenstein

      Holy shit, that’s some seriously delusional nutjob goin’ on there…

    • Résistance Land Shark Ω

      ☆☆☆☆★ — Needs moar traitor flags

    • Msgr_MΩment

      The lyrics scan about as poorly as the upcoming State of the Union speech. Spoiler: The State of the Union is YOOOOGE!! Believe me.

  • Michael Smith

    This reminds me of a great line from 30 Rock’s Jack Donaghy:

    “The founding fathers never intended for the poor to live into their forties!”

  • Ellie

    See, the thing is, the GOP can’t quite bring itself to build and operate Killing Centers to rid itself of the surplus population, so they have to use subtler means.

    • Grokenstein

      Baby steps. Can’t rush from Almost Human to Soylent Green to Cannibal Holocaust overnight, you know.

      • FlownΩver

        Don’t be too sure. Now that the tax thing is out of the way for his $$$ class he’ll have to ramp up the fuckery to keep the base all hot&frothy.

    • VirginiaHighFiber

      Are the Obama era death panels no longer in operation?

    • PubOption

      Plus, they will need to find someone called Logan to run them.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      If O’Keefe wanted to make himself useful to them, he’d steal the floor plans and franchise agreements for the Abortionplex.

  • Grokenstein

    So instead of fining homes for blatant abuse, they’ll just ask homes nicely to stop abusing. See? Problem solved!

    • FlownΩver

      If that doesn’t do the trick Thotz’n’Prairs™ surely will.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      It’s the asking nicely that’ll do the trick.

  • Scooby

    Trump has decided to screw children and the elderly. I think he did that because it’s easy and he is lazy.

    • therblig

      now, on to the veterans!! another war with no medical care or homeless benefits for those lucky enough to make it back should do nicely.

      • Swampgas_Man

        And no proper armor for the poor bastards still fighting.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Nope. Part of the initial plan – Bring Back The Feudal Times!…

    • VirginiaHighFiber

      Surplus population baby!

      • Grokenstein

        They can’t be used for anything but pet food and fertilizer…at least, not until a few more pesky regulations are swept away! Leave Big Business Alone! MAGA!!

    • BadKitty904

      Perhaps the Republicans ran out of widows and orphans to screw over…

      • Scooby

        Saving those for when Trump needs to brighten up his day.

  • weejee
  • jesuswasablack
  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    “You have any idea how much richer I could be if my old man had croaked a dozen or so years earlier? I couldn’t get my mitts on the cash until he died at 93! Hell, people should thank me for this!”

  • therblig

    a couple in their late 40/50’s here in NJ, just made the news with a murder-suicide, that sadly, also included their dog. a neighbor said they had been having health problems for a number of years. this is trumpcare.

  • amrak63

    Once again, thanks a fucking heap, Stupid White Folks of Real Amurka.

    • BadKitty904

      Credit where it’s due – thank the Republican Party.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        Sam Ting….

        • amrak63

          Significant overlap, anyway.

          The smarter members of the GOP fall into the category of manipulators of the SWFs, rather than being SWFs.

  • Grokenstein
    • Ellie

      In the 20 years I was a volunteer in a good home (really was – and non profit), I saw too much of this. It’s depressing.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I thought this was a garrison cartoon!

      • Somewhat Damaged Ron

        Same here. Partly because I have no idea what the point is.

        • Gayer Than Thou

          The point is that old people should die before they run up huge bills but not at Christmas time because they should also be thinking of their survivors.

          • ZangoCrudmonger

            When I see one of this person’s comics I have to remind myself of the “Confuse a Cat” sketch.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      America’s finest cartoon source!

  • jesuswasablack

    “federal inspectors focused excessively on catching wrongdoing rather than helping nursing homes improve”
    Yeah and hows come the police only arrest criminals instead of helping them to become better citizens!

    https://theodessafiles.files.wordpress.com/2008/05/wigger-15513.jpg

  • VirginiaHighFiber

    It’s why I remind de kid that if I go into a home she no longer gets my disability cash. It will go to pay for my care. It’s great to be worth more free and alive than dead or in assisted care which is the same thing.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • eyelashviper

      Or the Orange Wanker…

  • BadKitty904

    Your Tax Dollars Not at Work.

  • Résistance Land Shark Ω

    The punishment for Donnie Dumbass’ conspriacy to commit treason? Confined to one of the worst nursing care facilities in the country. That is all.

    • Ellie

      I wouldn’t wish that on even him. At least, not for more than a few hours.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        You are a generous soul … much more than I.

  • Rick Hill

    Just wait till any coverage of any type of nursing care is gutted by Ryan….

    • Bananas Foster

      Ah, but the nursing home industry won’t want that because they will pretty much immediately cease to exist.

      • Rick Hill

        Yeah but then, look at the number of businesses that will be negatively impacted by ending net neutrality or the way healthcare industry will be impacted by the loss of the individual mandate, let alone the end of Ocare.

        • Bananas Foster

          Sometimes it’s like the Republicans really don’t think things through.

          • TJ Barke

            Sometimes it’s like the Republicans really don’t think things through.

          • Marion in Savannah

            Fixed further:
            Republicans really don’t think things through.

          • Somewhat Damaged Ron

            They’ll have stripped it of everything of value by then anyway.

  • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler

    The nursing home my mom used to work at is dealing with 2 cases like this – one is actually being criminally prosecuted after a nurse not only allowed a woman with severe dementia to fall and injure herself, but ordered and physically prevented caregiving staff from assisting her. The woman later died. The nurse is still employed, but any caregiving staff who witnessed it or reported it to the sheriff either “quit” or was “let go”.
    In another case, one of the residents my mom took a liking to died. But the staff isn’t sure when, because they kept sending meal trays to her room for 3-4 days before someone actually checked to see if she was still breathing.

    • Grokenstein

      That…that really makes my batting arm itchy.

    • Vienna Woods

      Dear God. And of course many of these patients have no one looking out for them.

    • ziggywiggy

      Jesus Fucking Christ! That’s all I got.

  • Oblios_Cap
    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      McDonald’s gift cards are a handy option if you want to keep your job in the WH.

    • BadKitty904

      Good. Here’s hoping they stopped by Bob Mueller’s office on their way outta town.

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        Mueller’s on speed dial.

      • Gayer Than Thou

        Speaking of people who did get a gift…

        • BadKitty904

          Here’s hoping. The more of his staff the Traitor-in-Chief alienates, the better for America.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      He’s not read ‘King Lear’ has he?

      • Résistance Land Shark Ω

        He’s not read ‘King Lear’ ANYTHING has he?

        FTFY

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I have explained to certain senior staff at Gayer Than Thou industries that the lack of a Christmas gift for the boss could negatively affect their future here, but they don’t seem to care.

      http://gif-finder.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Bored-Fat-Cat-Sighs.gif

  • (((Sedagive)))

    Seems like Trump has already forgotten the “forgotten men and women” he promised that he wouldn’t forget.

    Obama actually remembered the “forgotten men and women” but he was black, so that counts as forgetting in certain circles of hell.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Trump forgot them a few seconds after he mentioned them.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Can’t those elders just pull themselves up by their bootstraps or whatever?

  • Jenny

    This is good news for the Trump children. Take that, dad!

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Somewhere, Tiffany Trump puts down the morning newspaper and gazes into the distance. “Soon,” she says to no one in particular. “Soon.”

  • Oblios_Cap

    Let’s make America Great by taking it back to a time where old folks were rumored to be eating canned pet food to stay alive!

    • TJ Barke

      The new gilded age will be great!

      • BadKitty904

        For the Robber Barons, at least.

      • Toomush_Inferesistance

        The new gold-paintspray age…

    • Major^3 Andre

      As long as those lazy takers aren’t using federal handouts to buy those nutritious meals. MAGA like a mofo!!!

      • Ellie

        My congresscon Chris Collins (the richest congress con we have) loves to talk about how wonderful Meals on Wheels are (along with how he wants to save the Great Lakes), but you can bet the ranch that he will vote with Dinky Digits and the Party, every time.

    • Spotts1701, Porg Wrangler
    • arglebargle

      Still, a better lunch than canned clams.

    • FlownΩver

      Oh, we’re there. We’re there.

  • cmd resistor

    The place where my mom was was one of the nicer ones a these things go. Lots of the CNA’s had worked there for years and really cared about the residents. (And yes it sucks how little we pay the people who take care of our old people and our kids.) Still, shit happened all the time and you had to stay on top of things.

  • La forza del resistino

    So Nurse Ratched hung up her cap and became a lobbyist?

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Nurse Ratched wanted to keep the place open. Just make it more staff-friendly. Dying patients were not on her agenda, just more meds…

  • Villago Delenda Est

    Donald is the world’s most prominent asshole.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    The Mercers read Dickens as light comedy.

  • Dept. of Space Tacos

    Fucking MUTHERFUCKING SHIT.

    these assholes. seriously.

    • Hey come on, who needs already largely inaccessible courts when you can have take-it-or-leave-it contracts with forced arbitration?

  • Crystalclear12

    Over 30,000 on up votes!
    You tolerate me!
    You really tolerate me!

  • Somewhat Damaged Ron

    Donnie’s looking a bit wobbly these days. Maybe we should put him in one of these homes, the ones that are pushing for this legislation.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    You know what adequate funding of regulatory agencies would allow us to do? Enforce regulations that protect consumers and provide support for improvement in the industry.

  • Way to kill off his Fox-loving base!

    • amrak63

      Yeah, I hadn’t thought of that, but you’re right. You’d think the GOP would want to look out for the interests of its base, so as not to alienate them and their offspring (who will pay more money now for a poorer quality of care for their parents).

      But I’m forgetting: The GOP now expects a Bluenami in 2018 and 2020, so they’re going into Full Metal Bust-Out Mode, just grabbing everything they can grab while they can grab it.

    • Thinking about the future and the long view is not a GOP strong point.

      “A fistfull of money today is better than a wheelbarrow full of money tomorrow”.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      Maybe people were complaining that having Fox News on in the rec room at the home counted as elder abuse.

      • AmusedAmused

        I can see how nursing homes could make that the only entertaining available, so their residents vote in a way that’s favorable to the management.

    • nightmoth

      When you’re talking about the really old people in this country, like my 104 year old aunt who’s in assisted living, you’re NOT talking about a Fox-loving base. Most of them are FDR Democrats. Only ONE person in my aunt’s place watches Fox, and she’s a mentally disturbed youngin of 75.

      • Notreelyhelping

        Having visited relatives in hospitals and nursing facilities, the only given seemed to be the History Channel.

  • Bub, the cynical zombie

    Q) What’s the difference between Donald J. Trump and an enormous orange garbage bag full of dog shit, bloated with gas, fermenting in the hot August sun?

    A) Hair

    • Lazyjay

      the bag will stop smelling and get smaller, eventually.

    • amrak63

      A) Fake Hair

      FIFY. ;)

  • weejee
    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Soylent TRUMP™

      • Bangkok Taxi

        Toxic even in micro doses

    • Jen Sorensen is the best!

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Somewhat Damaged Ron

      Just so.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Between this, the ongoing GOP’s assault on Social Security, and what it looks like Donald will do to the stock market…

    https://quotefancy.com/media/wallpaper/3840×2160/892489-Roger-Daltrey-Quote-I-hope-I-die-before-I-get-old.jpg

    • AmusedAmused

      We’re all gonna work until they find us slumped over our desks in a pool of our own saliva.

    • it worked for Keith

      • MizzMazz

        But not the other Keith. Richards will outlive us all.

        • FlownΩver

          Keef and the cockroaches – the only survivors.

          • MizzMazz

            Every time I smoke a cigarette, Keith gets 13 more minutes of life.

      • data_ninja

        Too Moon Soon!

    • Stulexington

      I’m going to live forever or die trying.

  • Everrett Fanuelli

    Those poor nursing homes are having such a hard time paying the bills what with the average stay costing a measly 81,000 dollars a year.

  • Blackest Noobs

    just this: ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha dumb fucking old people voted for this asshole….and there’s are histories not just one of this asshole breaking all his promises and constantly lying but nevertheless you voted for this asshole.

    so fuck you old people…you get what you deserve you stupid fucks.

    • FlownΩver

      A little broad in the brush there. FlownMater wised up after a lifetime of Republicanism and voted for B. Barry Bammz. Dolt45 was a non-starter or her.

      • Blackest Noobs

        not really given how often it is pretty much an old white fart speaking of the “virtues” of a Trump Presidency…but regardless of age, it is ALWAYS a white person loving this asshole and sometimes occasionally a fucking uncle tom.

  • Crystalclear12

    See, what I got from this article is several options for Trump to spend his golden shower years.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Have the family booked a traditional Eskimo ice floe for him?

      • arglebargle

        Jokes on you. With climate change ain’t gonna be no ice.

        • Ghenghis McCann

          Shit, I just wasn’t thinking there.

          • Somewhat Damaged Ron

            On the bright side, maybe there’s a market for artificial ice floes.

          • FlownΩver

            We could test-market the polar bears…

          • Red Richmond

            I’m sure he’d be happiest on a floe made of trash and old fast food wrappers and packages. It’s what he’s most comfortable with, after all.

        • Bangkok Taxi

          He is fat, he will float.

  • AmusedAmused

    Re LeadingAge: It should also be added that the person cited in support of easing regulations represents non-profit nursing homes, which by design, aren’t supposed to make anyone rich (unless they do funky things with executive compensation and fringe benefits, which is absolutely something that should be regulated to death). In the last few years, however, there has been a rise in the for-profit nursing home industry. That’s a different animal. For-profits have all kinds of perverse incentives to cut services to their residents to the bone, while charging sky-high rates and gobbling up government funding.

    I could understand it if there were different fine scales depending on whether the nursing home is non-profit or for-profit; but as I said, in the case of non-profits, I would also support stringent regulations designed to prevent their boards from siphoning money through executive compensation.

    • nightmoth

      I was fortunate to be able to place my elderly aunt in a non-profit, locally owned assisted living home. I visited the for-profit chains first, and even though they LOOKED great, at least the “sitting room” where you get the hard sell, I had done enough research to not trust them. The non-profit where I moved my aunt doesn’t pay its’ workers much, either, but there’s a whole different vibe to the atmosphere anyway. The workers actually CARE about the residents. “Money can’t buy you love.” In fact, I think it can interfere with love.

      • AmusedAmused

        Both non-profits and for-profits pay terrible wages, especially to staff who aren’t RN’s. For-profits, however, reduce the staff head count, so that there is less time spent caring for each patient. They also reduce such things as visits by doctors and therapists.

        • nightmoth

          That’s what I’m getting at. The staff doesn’t get much at either a profit or a non-profit. However, at the place where my aunt is, the staff doesn’t look sullen and unhappy. Quite the opposite. Also the managers of the place aren’t being paid the wages they’d get at a corporate chain. Everybody’s in it together. They all feel it is more of a mission or a calling than a job. The woman who is in charge of finances is a whiz at finding support money and sweet-talking Medicare and Medicaid employees. The building itself could use some paint and landscaping–it doesn’t look as sharp as the fancy fpr-profits, but they don’t stint the residents on care. They signed up with a medical firm that send a doctor every week for regular exams.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Let’s get real. Would it be any different if Marco Rubio or Rand Paul were President? They’re all spiteful, selfish soulless ghouls who would let businesses run roughshod over the rest of us as long as the donations keep pouring in.

    • I feel really bad for Rand Paul, because he used to be the crazy, unpredictable guy on the hill, and he just got bowled the fuck over by Batshit Trump

    • Katamount

      No, and this needs to be pounded again and again. You’d be looking at the same cabinet of ganger thugs if it were President Rubio or President Cruz or President Paul.

      The problem is not Trump. It’s Republicans. It’s Republicans, it’s Republicans, it’s Republicans. Repeat it over Twitter and Facebook until you’re blue in the face, then repeat it some more.

      • Bangkok Taxi

        TRUMAN ON REPUBLICANS

        Today the forces of liberalism face a crisis. The people of the United States must make a choice between two ways of living — a decision which will affect us the rest of our lives and our children and our grandchildren after us.

        On the other side, there is the Wall Street way of life and politics. Trust the leader! Let big business take care of prices and profits! Measure all things by money! That is the philosophy of the masters of the Republican Party.
        Well, I have been studying the Republican Party for over 12 years at close hand in the Capital of the United States. And by this time, I have discovered where the Republicans stand on most of the major issues.
        Since they won’t tell you themselves, I am going to tell you.
        They approve of the American farmer — but they are willing to help him go broke.
        They stand four-square for the American home — but not for
        housing.
        They are strong for labor — but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights.
        They favor a minimum wage — the smaller the minimum the better.
        They indorse educational opportunity for all — but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools.
        They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine — for people who can afford them.
        They approve of Social Security benefits — so much so that they took them away from almost a million people.
        They believe in international trade — so much so that they crippled our reciprocal trade program, and killed our International Wheat Agreement.
        They favor the admission of displaced persons — but only within shameful racial and religious limitations.
        They consider electric power a great blessing — but only when the private power companies get their rake-off.
        They say TVA is wonderful — but we ought never to try it again.
        They condemn “cruelly high prices” — but fight to the death every effort to bring them down.
        They think the American standard of living is a fine thing — so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people.
        And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.
        Now, my friends, that is the Wall Street Republican way of life. But there is another way — there is another way — the Democratic way, the way of the Democratic Party.

  • Crystalclear12

    Cartoon evil as an administrative style.

  • jesuswasablack
  • FlownΩver

    PolitiNerd note: This “Mark Parkinson” person was the governor of Kansas before he cashed in. He had been a Republican before switching and becoming Kathleen Sebelius’s Lt. Gov. Her moved up when Sebelius took the gig at Big O’s HHS. Interesting to speculate about the conversation the two of them might have had about this issue.

    “Critical that you have relief? W-T-NanaLovin’-F!!!”

  • Oh the joys of deregulation
    GOP voters are tired of laws! They want a fast lane to the grave!

    • Somewhat Damaged Ron

      For everyone but themselves.

  • eyelashviper
    • Ellie

      Since I have clown – o – phobia (can’t remember the word because of a Senior Moment), this cartoon is particularly apt, IMO.

      • eyelashviper

        I’m not phobic about clowns, I just hate them….
        Nothing much creepier in my mind. Even Frankenstein seems nice in comparison.

  • Somewhat Damaged Ron

    The housemate’s mother had a massive stroke on her birthday in… I wanna say 2006? She was lucky; after being stabilised at Parkwood in London (which primarily offers care for elderly veterans) she got a place at McCormick Home, the best nursing home in the area and one of the best anywhere. She lingered on for five years, stroke after stroke until she was completely unresponsive, and finally she slipped away. The staff there couldn’t have been better, the facilities were as good as those of a good hotel… and still, visiting her was horrific. People went there to die – comfortably, caringly, gently, but inevitably. Towards the end she couldn’t come with me, a combination of COPD and depression, so I visited when I could, and I’d come away feeling absolutely awful.
    And this was as good a place as you could hope for. What must it be like for the poor souls who are trapped in storage units like these?
    Think I’m gonna go plow the driveway some more. Later, everypony.

    • cmd resistor

      For sure hanging around any nursing home is a sobering experience.

  • Anna Rompage

    If there’s a silver lining to these deregulations for the average Trump voter, it’s that most of them cannot afford to place their parents in an assisted living facility, so this is really no skin off of their noses…

    • well not after medicaid has been slashed, that’s for sure

      • Anna Rompage

        Medicare/Medicaid only pays a small portion of these costs. The bill for my mom’s care, when she was in an assisted living facility was around $7500/month, and I think Medicare only put $2500-$3000 towards that…

        • Ellie

          Medicare generally only covers the beginning of a stay, then private pay and/or Medicaid take over. I have no idea about your Mom’s situation, of course, but that’s the general rule.

          • Anna Rompage

            Yeah, my mom had early onset of dementia, and was in an assisted living facility for 8-9 years…

          • Ellie

            I am very sorry that such a thing happened. It robs a person of herself.

  • AmusedAmused

    Here is something about dismantling the social safety net for the old that the GOP doesn’t get (or doesn’t care — but I’m more inclined to think they really are that stupid). Eliminating subsidized healthcare and retirement benefits will cause a slump in the average life expectancy, but not by much. Meanwhile, putting the vast majority of workers in a position of having to work until the day they die turns this society into a gerontocracy, where it is increasingly difficult for young people (defined as such at higher and higher ages) to build a career. Imagine having to wait until your late thirties to get your entry-level salaried job, and imagine that being the norm. Not only will there be widespread poverty, but you’ll have millions and millions of young, able-bodied people with nothing to do and nothing to look forward to. First, you get a stupendous crime waive. Next, you get riots, tumbrels and guillotines.

    • MizzMazz

      Or they fire the old people so they can hire younger workers that they can pay less. I’m 53, and trying to find a job has been a bitch. My 80 year old husband has an even tougher time of it. The laws against age discrimination aren’t worth the paper they’re printed on, especially in a ‘right to work’ or ‘at will’ state. Either way though, you’re right, there will be a bunch of pissed off unemployed younger people, and pissed off older people. I learned at a very young age never piss off a granny.

      • right to work has to do with closed shop unions

        • MizzMazz

          I guess my point is, rightly or wrongly, is they don’t have to disclose reasons for hiring or firing. I live in CA, and that’s how it works here, and I know most of it has to do with union busting. Either way, it really sucks.

      • AmusedAmused

        You are right, MizzMazz, I was thinking of my own industry, where newbies need a tremendous amount of hand-holding, mistakes translate into immediate and staggering costs, and hiring older people will always make more sense, even if you have to pay more. Even today, some of the per diem lawyers I see shuffling in and out of the courthouse are so old, I wonder if they fought in the Battle of the Somme. We are talking mummified-looking dudes who can barely move, and still somehow make it to court appearances no matter the weather or the road conditions. The only way young lawyers can have a chance is if older, more experienced lawyers retire voluntarily. And one of the reasons for the appalling 50% unemployment rate for new law school graduates is that lawyers are feeling the pinch just like everyone else and more and more of us resolve to work until the carry us out of the courthouse feet first.

        • MizzMazz

          The numbers and logic say that older workers tend to be more reliable and knowledgeable. Not always, but mostly. I don’t know about your line of work, but even in certain retail circles, the preference is for young fresh looking people, regardless of their experience or work ethic. I know I am going to work until the day I die, as is my husband, because we weren’t born rich and the system doesn’t take care of the children or the elderly. I wish you and all of us the best, because it’s just getting harder. Really glad my parents aren’t here to see that their kids did not do as well as they did.

          • Bangkok Taxi

            Retirement on the job. I’m signed up for that program.

    • Bangkok Taxi

      I pretty much plan to retire on the job. Is what it is.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    Don’t worry, y’all. I’m sure these care facilities will use all the money saved from these fines to pay their workers more.

    • Bangkok Taxi

      Just like all that cash that corps are bringing back from overseas will be invested in making new jobs.

  • elviouslyqueer

    Let’s see if I have this right. Trump wants to kill off all the elderly, throw out all the immigrants, put all the Muslims and blacks in jail (or just kill them outright also too), send transgender folks to some nice isolated island a million miles from nowhere, consign the lower and middle class folks to a life of unending penury, and do heavens knows what to gays, liberals, the media, and anybody who doesn’t agree with his bloviating batshit insanity.

    Hell, why don’t we just burn down the whole motherfucking shebang and be done with it.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Hell is right. Like Lucifer he would rather rule in Hell, than serve in Heaven. His ego demands it.

      • Raan

        Motherfucker gon’ have a disappoint in 2020.

        • Old Man Yells at Cloud

          Don’t count those chickens just yet. We all had the same thought 14 months ago.

          • Raan

            Fourteen months ago we weren’t all pissed.

          • Bangkok Taxi

            Damn skippy there!!

  • johnnyknj

    We need Saul Goodman to fight this!!

  • President in Exile Firefly

    Next up: Trump opens a chain of nursing homes. But what would he name it?

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Heaven’s Waiting Room & Casino

    • elviouslyqueer

      Las Vegas.

      • Anne Of Green Bagels

        he’ll have to shove Adelson out of his wheelchair first.

    • Andrew Rheinheimer

      Death and Taxes Casino and Funeral Home.

    • Raan

      The Trump Seabreeze Assisted Living Facility and Casino.

      I like how we all just assume he’s going to tack a casino on.

      • President in Exile Firefly

        Yeah! Good group thinking there.

    • FlownΩver

      I’m All Right Jack Acres

    • pstokk

      Soylent Gold

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Oh Donnie, you are one stroke away from winding up in the shittiest Nursing Home Ivanka can find.

    • Ghenghis McCann

      ‘You don’t actually have dungeons in the Tower of London? Never mind then, your Majesty…’

    • Raan

      Melon’s not going to save his drooling ass.

    • BeachLoafer

      He’d better hope Melon divorces his ass before she gets to pick his nursing home …

      • Latverian Diplomat

        That…is the unexpected downside of an ironclad pre-nup…

  • Kateaux

    Nursing homes suck (not just my lifelong prejudice against them — I was trapped in one once for three weeks). Yay, Trumpfkin Administration for making them suck even more! Who would have thought it possible?

    P.S. Three weeks that made the preceding five weeks in the hospital look like an extended stay at a luxury resort…

  • Spurning Beer

    “It is critical that we have relief,” Mark Parkinson, the group’s president, wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump in December 2016.

    I don’t see why this guy needs any relief. He’s rich enough to have his own DISEASE!

    • Ghenghis McCann

      Was he asking for a handjob?

      • Hesavebread!

        Oh that is cold!

  • yyyaz

    Time to invest in Granny Gray’s All-Day Diapers™ and teflon sheets.

  • Vienna Woods

    Welp, off to visit my mom at the home, where she will have had a nice lunch in the dining room and will be sitting in her own room. And where she is treated with love and respect by the staff.

  • Beelzebubba

    This is why I hope that Il Douche goes broke and dies penniless.

  • PixieThis

    Gee, maybe you wouldn’t have to pay fines if you fucking took care of your patients and treated them like human beings. I didn’t realize there was such a high threshold for rocket scientist.

    • jesterpunk

      But prisons don’t have to worry about taking care of their inmates, they want to turn nursing homes into prisons or warehouses.

      • Bangkok Taxi

        They already are

    • Dept. of Space Tacos

      yeah, but that means staff and staff cost MONEY and that cuts the profits.

      Best to dump a fraction of that into lobbying and get the rule changed.

      Fucking fuckers.

  • Mike Steele

    Posted one horror story on Dom’s opener; here’s another. Quack who serviced home where my granddad spent his final months would cruise through the place once a week, stick his head in the room to say ‘hi’, then bill govt. for ‘consult’. We got a bill for one such visit that allegedly occurred a week AFTER Daddy died. Mom worked for SSA. She took the bill to the doctor’s office and told him he could shove it up his ass, or she’d bring him up on fraud charges. At that point, she was too exhausted to pursue it…however, our guess is that ‘4 out of 10’ is a very conservative estimate of violators. The cynical betrayal of trust and cruel apathy of these vermin earn them a special place in hell, not a break.

    • SeeTrainWrecked

      Change to “Hospitalists” and you almost have the story of my last hospital stay.

      “Doing O.K.? Great. Bye. $15,000.”

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I trained as a CNA at a fairly well-managed nursing home a few years ago. Even if the pay was 100k per year, you couldn’t have convinced me to do it. I spent a week after training running to and from Walgreen’s, trying to buy the right sized battery for our charges’ hearing aids, since most batteries last 48 hours, and the nursing home doesn’t provide hearing care – the residents had to pay separately for that or simply get by being unable to communicate well.

  • The Librarian

    The place where an ex relative lives sent out a flyer to collect Ameros for their “non-management” staff for Christmas. Apparently they can give their freeloaders nice bonuses, but the real workers get paid shit and no extra Christmas money. My mom’s place didn’t do anything like this.

  • AnnieGetYerFun

    I need to add that all of the CNAs I knew were unbelievably hard-working people, some of whom spent the whole day taking care of demented folks for mere pennies before heading home to care for their own demented parents.

  • nightmoth

    Grover Norquist quote: My goal is to cut government in half in twenty-five years, to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.
    Looks like drowning government in the bathtub will result in drowning grandma in the bathtub.

    • CripesAmighty

      It’s drowning us all–outside the McMansionvilles with the fake English horsey names.

  • Bell the Blind Tiger MCD

    they could even, you know, use those fines to provide scholarships to those CNAs looking to progress in their nursing education because we need more geriatric care nurses at a number of levels and they get paid better.

  • HazooToo

    Fuck literally everyone who doesn’t take their job seriously in the care of the elderly. When my Mom was recovering from spinal surgery in a small nursing facility ATTACHED TO A GODDAMN HOSPITAL, she was neglected into near renal failure. After I came back down to PA to move in with her and actually saw her condition, we took her back to the hospital portion and she was incredibly improved within the day. Of course, after getting her out of there, I called the local elder abuse hotline and they said there wasn’t anything they could do because she wasn’t there anymore. What the fuck is the point, then?! Should you really have to leave your loved ones in the facility to be further neglected and possibly retaliated against, in order to actually prove mistreatment?! And if you want to lose faith in humanity and fear for your older parents, go ahead and search for reviews at nursing homes. There are some honest horror stories out there, and yet the places are still open and taking in new customers. There are some good places out there, I finally found one for my Mom, when she started needing round the clock care. But there are also too many bad places, and a negative “I don’t give a shit, stop whining” attitude is incredibly contagious. It was scary enough, handing her over to strangers, when the regulations were still strong. Now, it’s worse. Thanks, Trump. You’re a massive fucking asshole.

    • Snork Maiden

      Not confined to the US. My grandmother was in a higher end home in a beautiful part of the UK and when she died we discovered multiple bed sites and the cause of death was malnutrition. We tried to take them to court but with no luck. So my journalist dad wrote a scathing article for the local paper. Only result was a public hand slap.

      • HazooToo

        I don’t understand why there’s not a massive public stink raised about these places when things like this are happening. With REAL consequences. Everyone is going to be old, and everyone has the potential to be in one of those homes! It’s not that common for people to be able to afford a nurse to check on Mom or Dad at their own home every day, and when your kids have entire lives of their own to deal with, they can’t always afford to take the time off to do it themselves. It’s not ideal, but it’s necessary for a lot of people to have the option of a nursing home, and those nursing homes ought to be held to a proper standard of care! Sure it’s high stress, and there always seems to be at least one resident who spends the entire day screaming for help because they’re not getting undivided attention, but these are real people. They’re not broken, and they have loved ones, and they are there to be cared for. Not just for the owners to feed off their money, like spiders sucking on trapped flies!

        • Bangkok Taxi

          In more traditional societies the elders stay at home and are cared for by their families in the family home, which may house brother sister uncle cousin etc. Such has been the case in Asian nations for eons.
          With the advent of expanding capitalism and the stresses that come with it
          these traditions are under strain also.

          It’s not uncommon to see granny out hobbling around on the busy city streets, and she is accorded as much respect and consideration as any other human.
          Often I see an older person in the morning, out in front of their house, cleaning up the street, or watering the plants.
          Witnessed a man out walking his adult son or relative who was stricken such that he was a drooling blind babbling stumbling mess.

          Warehousing people speaks to our conception of ourselves as objects.
          Suspect that I will regret to my last breath having subjected my mother to it.

          • HazooToo

            I couldn’t give my Mom the care she needed, or monitor her closely enough with her heart and lung issues. I was scared to death. She needed people who could recognize her symptoms and respond immediately. I had to work hard to find the right place, and I went to see her almost every day. It’s not the right way for every family in the world, and caring for your parents at home is ideal, I think. None of us want to have to leave our home! But for those who can’t handle that strain, I want their parents to have the same experience my Mom did, of feeling safe and having observant staff working to care for them. People who actually WON’T treat them like warehoused objects.

        • Vacuous Virgina

          Soylent Green is people 😨😨😨

  • Empress of the Iguana People

    I know an elder I’d like to see in a nursing home. Not that his housemates need his mouth any closer than the evening news, but at least he wouldn’t be able to hurt millions

    • Kryptonian Canis

      With any luck they’d place his room under quarantine, since whatever he’s got seems to be pretty nasty and contagious.

  • Gorillionaire

    My mother is a registered nurse who worked most of her career in nursing homes. She would tell us that the problem with the nursing home industry is that the investors and owners of the facilities go into the business thinking that it is easy money – just feed and bed the old people and the gubmit checks will just roll in – and then try to cut every corner to cut back the overhead. Cutting back means substandard or out of date equipment, low quality food, abysmally low pay for employees. etc. Some of the people who get hired are the kind of employees that have burned so many bridges that they can’t possibly get employed anywhere else – habitual offenders even. That’s the free market health care system, for you.

    • Bangkok Taxi

      The invisible hand of the free market.

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  • Kryptonian Canis

    Paul Ryan knows the solution to all of this is to cut Social Security and Medicare.

    • Bitter Scribe

      Not cut. Privatize. That’s an entirely different concept, because it has two more syllables.

    • OrdinaryJoe

      You know those guys we always laugh about who are living in their Mother’s basement and trolling the internet? Well Mom isn’t laughing.

  • pb_&_sauerkraut

    All us olds are just a bunch of takers, ya know, and we should just shut up and die already.

    • Sakonyachen

      Just make sure to vote for a God-fearing Republican first.

  • BearGHAZI

    AT LAST I can rent out my crawlspace as a senior home

  • OrdinaryJoe

    The Kill Your Parents to Preserve the Estate That Isn’t Taxed Act of 2017

  • efoveks

    Generally, workers treat patients or customers (or guests or whatever word you want to use) in like fashion to how they themselves are treated, starting with the administration of the company or organization for whom they work. What I mean by that is, if management treats the people who work for them like shit, those people will treat the people they serve like shit. Also, organizations typically get fined not for single instances of wrongdoing, but for sustained and repeated incidents. Before an organization is fined, there is an investigation to determine if this one instance is a “one off” or if this is “business as usual”.

    Want to avoid being fined? Treat your employees like they are a valued and integral part of your organization and foster/ develop a culture that values good, sane standards.

    “Do unto others as you would have done unto you.”

  • Ami

    As bad as some nursing homes now, just wait until Trump, Ryan and RepubliKlans gut Medicaid that pays for nursing home care. Residents who have some money will be lucky to get clean sheets once a week and eat meat once a month. Forget about residents who are poor and get little SS each month. They’ll starve to death. Maybe that’s their plan.

    • It’s the GOPs “Hurry Up and Die Already” health care plan!

    • Squeegee

      And social services for the elderly are already the worst in the states that vote Republican over and over again that need those dollars the most

  • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

    ‘Twas only a few days ago, as we passed a nursing home, that I said to my Mr., ” I hope assisted suicide is legal in this state before I reach *that* state.” He thought I was averse to the lack of freedom, I said, “No, it is the atrocious care, or lack thereof, which concerns me.”

  • Carla Vandermeer

    How long before Twittler and his merry band of thieves start taking actual candy away from babies?

    • Bangkok Taxi

      Well, they have managed to avoid funding CHIP……

  • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

    I would say this asshole and his family will care when he’s in a home, but he probably won’t realize it by then, and they won’t give a shit,as long as they keep the grift going.

    • JCfromNC

      If by “this asshole” you mean Donnie, chances are that if he has anything close to the money he claims he’ll have a private nurse and his bedroom transformed into nearly the equivalent of a hospital room, when the time comes.

      I would speculate on the level of care said nurse will be giving him, or at least what I’d like it to be, but I’d probably end up violating the commenting rules. Not that Wonkette allows comments, of course.

      • Vacuous Virgina

        Yeah! What does Wonkette have to hide?

      • Squeegee

        I’ve got to believe that Donnie will die from a massive heart attack or stroke or brain aneurysm since he has such an unhealthy lifestyle or diet. I don’t see him living into old age.

      • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

        If the kids let him spend any money once he’s senile enough. Yod willing he’ll still be in prison anyway.

        • chezmoi

          Yod willing, he will be under the care of someone like Sheriff Clarke.

    • Squeegee

      Do you honestly think Donald Trump will live to old age?
      I suspect he’ll be dead from heart disease or a brain aneurysm from the wear and tear to his brain from all the drugs he probably did at a younger age

      • SprinklemagicResistancebuns

        Depends on how long it takes for him to become completely senile and need to be locked up to protect himself and others. If he’s not locked up already for other reasons.

        • Trip Space-Parasite

          You mean “negative thirty years”?

    • phoenix00

      You mean “Elected to another Presidential term”

  • Squeegee

    I’ve visited the nursing homes where elderly people who are incapacitated without any resources of their own are parked by New York City and New York State in addition to one run by the State of Connecticut in Fairfield County through a church program that delivers gift baskets periodically throughout the year and these places are beyond horrible with the bare minimum of resources applied to them.

    They are pretty much parking spots for elderly people till they die without any comfort or mental stimulation and as you might expect accelerate their mental and physical decline and death.

    Gandhi once said the true measure of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members and we fare pretty horribly by that measure in everything from the homeless to the elderly to the incarcerated to the poor and beyond.

  • Squeegee

    Suicide rates are already sky high among the elderly as the baby boomer generation reaches old age without any retirement savings and massive cuts to medicare and Medicaid suicide rates among the elderly are going to go through the roof

  • phoenix00

    Make America Great* Again!

    *old poors not included

    • chezmoi

      *young poors not included
      *homeless poors not included
      *working poors not included (because they make too much money to qualify for help)

      • phoenix00

        Also: *blahs, mooslems, and Messicans also not included

  • Sharon Cooper

    So…when they all got their souls sucked out in Congress…do you think it actually, like, HURT?

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