I work in the nursing homes. This obituary saddens and angers me. The author was not privvy to the extensive interventions provided to Antonio and the other residents whom he has written of in other publications because of HIPPA. The medical professionals who work in these facilities have made elder care their life's work and are guided by codes of ethics. The work in nursing homes is very difficult and becoming more so as the population in SNfs in California is increasingly younger, more violent, homeless, drug addicted, and mentally ill. As a medical professional I consider myself an advocate for patients against bureaucracy and monied interests. We cannot provide optimal care alone. We need more eyes from families and community members in nursing homes to observe and report to us when we are failing our precious seniors. Much more worthwhile than reporting perceived fault in the newspaper would be to improve the quality of life of seniors by coming in to offer routine human contact or hosting an activities group (meditation, poker, religious). Just leave the self righteousness at home.
Having no former knowledge of Seaview I just happened upon this piece sort of like rounding a bend on a hike and suddenly coming upon something surprising, important and beautiful that is just the thing to stir you in a way you needed stirring. No one wants to think of their loved ones dying alone but I'll guess most of us don't think about it that often. If we do think about it, it might not register in the deep way that it does for those who have experienced it, as is so with many things. Many of us get tossed about in the sea of life en route to seeking a better tomorrow. When we do we may lose touch with our loved ones, our families our friends, and so we hope to find human connection and community wherever we land. Thank you for making this connection, raising awareness and stirring hope.
I meant to tap "like" on Michael Fratkin's comments. The shading on my screen makes it appear as though I tapped dislike. Apologies if that's what shows- it's not intentional.
THESE so called care facilities received from medicare around 5000 pet month per resident. We looked into it. We had to pay out if pocket if my mom was to stay around 6000. This did not include medicine. It is outrageous how they treat the elderly. My mother did not go into one of these homes. We took care of her. My two sister's my nieces , my daughter's. It took ie. She had to stay in one temporarily due to the hospitals releasing patients that really should mot be released. Some of the staff was great. The Dr was another story. I think that author of this article is just as upset like I was . No one listens. I reported the hospital , the Dr, when my mother was there due to her not receiving all her meds. I asked to see her medical sheet to see when they had given her her medication .But they failed to have it I didn't even realize that they Stopped my mother's medication, my mother was the one that told me. she was on Prozac For years and failed to give that to her. THE doctor failed to order it. I filled out a formal complaint with Medicare they did research which took them six months and their answer to me was well he didn't stop all that her medication. I think the public needs to see what really goes on in these homes who knows it may be you next.
one last note I was told by the doctor then my mother fail to thrive that's how they categorize someone who is bedridden elderly where has a chronic illness that doesn't get better now I'm not saying all doctors but a lot of doctors in these facilities don't really care. I was even told by the person who took and reviewed my complaint with Medicare it happens more the Not. and she also told me everyone whether you're in a regular hospital or one of these care facilities needs an advocate somebody to stand up for you in the with the hospital staff and doctors.
While I know medi-cal does not pay much for caring for these skilled patients. I know the money the facilities receive is to pay for everything including burial arrangements and notification if the person has not done so themselves. Sadly there usually isn't enough money at the end of the month for such niceties. Medi-cal should take some of the responsibility also!
this cowardly anonymous idiot once again tries to stay off-topic in a desperate attempt to smear those in our community who would step forward to protect affordable housing from people like him-- owner/manager of a mobile home park where rents are skyrocketing, fraud is rampant, even blackmail; threatening to evict people if they don't pay up to $500. for a month of electrical service when they only used about $30. worth.
Hilary's latest local initiative adventure includes a ballot initiative co-sponsored by a person who appears to be, shall we say, controversial. Google the name Richard Walter Motherwell along with the word Eureka. Not sure why anyone hasn't asked her about it. And what about the duct tape incident? http://www.docfoc.com/is-that-what-they-te…
Thanks, Ellen. Good words! I am a member of the Mad River Grange. It's been baffling to know how to deal with the warring factions. You make a great case for sticking with the historical Grange as the way to move national policy toward the traditional values of the Grange.
I believe this is a sad commentary, as these things seem to happen more often than we would like. However, it also begs the question- if this man was your "friend", Why did he die " lonely and despondent"? Where are the family and friends that should be visiting? It sounds to me like you expected Seaview to take over that responsibility. I'm not defending that place or the people who run it, but a lot of families institutionalize their elders, then expect the institution to behave as something other than an institution. I'm sorry about the death of your friend, but maybe your tribute and your goodbye would have served him better if you had done it in person, instead of in print...
I don't know if it's all Seaview's fault if someone dies alone and despondent. Plenty of local seniors are in skilled nursing facilities and their own families fail to assist them, visit them, advocate for them.
The sleaze ball that owns these facilities is a real piece of work. This article keeps this issue in the news. Thanks.
Beautiful tribute to Antonio and all the many forgotten ones. Thank you.
What is with this guys obsession with Seaview?
The authors energies are misplaced.
I would hope that he would attempt to inspire volunteers. His latest two articles do not inspire anything but misplaced outrage.
So different providers make different decisions.... I guess that means that for financial reasons AT&T is not making the decision to protect its customers from a caltrans misshap south of Fortuna on 101, while Suddenlink is. Thanks Sean!
this posting is an anonymous smear campaign by a corporation to get me to back off the issue of protecting mobilehome residents from their greed. The truth is this: A disgruntled former teacher at my preschool filed a complaint against me for violating a child's personal rights by using duct tape to repair their ill-fitting clothing; one girl had a rip in the knee of her pants that she worked on until she was tripping over the hem when she ran, so I I placed the ends of the hole together and duct taped them-- voila, she was safe to run again! The second child wore a pair of her older sister's shoes to school and when her parents dropped her off they said she was having a fit about it and they didn't have the time to deal with it. Since she was falling while walking, I taped the shoes onto her socks around her ankles, and she too was much safer. The state always investigates EVERY complaint (there are no schools without such complaints) and they came in and said "don't use duct tape". I said "Okay". Neither of the child's parents were upset by my actions, and in fact, supported the duct tape plan over the 'fall on your face' plan. End of story.
Two things you ought to review:
The Wiyot tribe does have much to be proud of and I would look forward to an article by them of their tribal perspective of the times Lynette mentioned and how from those terrible harsh days they did manage to retain their culture. I don't exactly understand their request that any articles written about those days be allowed to be edited by them. Murder in Arcata concerned a point in time I am not sure how the more encouraging events of the future such as the would have fit into the piece.
As you can see from the other comments people are hungry for the Wiyot history and perspective. It is a great and open opportunity for you to respond.
Sounds like professional jealousy to me. Ms Mullen didn't brand the victimization properly.
I think you miss the human tragedy of the story.
I think the problem is that the Wiyot Tribe was written out of their own history. The article talks about the Wiyot Tribe, but never mentions them by name.
If the Wiyot tribe has no oral record of this particular incident, then what could they have added to the article.
Did I miss something?
SAME SHIT YOU DID TO THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE HUNDREDS OF YEARS AGO, IT'S SLOWLY COMING BACK TO ALL YOU, BLAME YOUR ANCESTORS FOR THAT :) STAY READY MFS.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA :) YOU ALL SCARED WHITE LITTLE BITCHES!
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