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Edward Webb
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http://news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20050914/ap_on_re_us/hurricane_katrina

That's a link to a story about the nursing home deaths. I feel bad for the owners. They're were truly in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation.

But read this:
"Cobb said they (the nursing home owners) followed the nursing home's evacuation plan that had been filed with officials, and he blamed the St. Bernard Parish officials for not ensuring the plan was proceeding.

"They sat and waited for a mandatory evacuation order from the officials of St. Bernard Parish that never came," he said.

Cobb said the Manganos were forced to make a difficult decision as the hurricane approached: evacuate the patients, many of them elderly and on feeding tubes, or keep them comfortable at the home through the storm.

"If you pull that trigger too soon (on evacuation) those people are going to die," Cobb said.

Tammy Daigle, a nurse who worked at the home, also said the owners had been worried about trying to evacuate some residents of the home who they knew wouldn't survive the move.

Tom Rodrigue, whose mother was among the dead, was still angry and near tears.

"She deserved the chance, you know, to be rescued instead of having to drown like a rat," he told CNN.
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Excuse me, TOM... where the hell were you when your mother was in a nursing home in a freakin' hurricane? Rush right down there to do something, did you? Make sure she was out of harm's way, did you? Or are you going to benefit from "the best of both worlds?" Now you don't have to worry about your invalid mother AND you'll get a crapload of money from the lawsuits.

Sorry, I'm ticked. I wanna go punch this guy's lights out.

I want to hear his explanation. Did he leave town and leave her to the home to take care of? Did he leave his mother in a home and then move out of town or even out of state?

Bah, this guy has no excuse.

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monkeydad
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Neither do the nursing home owners. I notice they managed to not drown...
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Dan P.
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Sorry Edward, but in my opinion, the responsibility falls first and foremost on the nursing home's owners and operators. And before you get all worked up over this Tom fellow, remember that he may not even live in the region.
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Edward Webb
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I realize that, but I can't imagine someone putting their mom in a home and then leaving the state.
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Ed, you need to think past what you find acceptible, and realize that people make decisions for a variety of reasons. Maybe his mother didn't want to leave the state - maybe she's always lived there. Maybe he had no choice but to leave (work, other obligations). Maybe she couldn't be moved due to her condition.

The point is we don't know why this family made the care decisions they did, and it doesn't really matter. What's at issue here is that these "care providers" didn't do what they were supposed to do and this woman, and many others, are dead as a result. THAT'S the issue, not this man's relationship with his mother, which is really no one's business but theirs.

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Dan P.
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This is an excerpt from an article in my local paper:

"Little is known about those who did not survive, but they were not necessarily the poor, uncared for by the state or forgotten by relatives. The Memorial Medical Center is one of the city's most prestigious private hospitals."

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Thanks Dan, but that article is talking about a completely different facility. The nursing home in question is called St. Rita's.
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I can understand your feelings of anger here, but I'd be cautious about rushing to judgement.

The article does not give any detail about Tom Rodrigue's circumstances. We don't know, for example, whether he has full mobility, nor if communication was possible with the nursing home in the days following Katrina's strike on NOLA.

Is there a resonance with something going on in your own life here, about parents, or caring for parents?
No need to answer that one, Edward. I'm just curious why you should have picked on that detail of that particular story amongst so many stories that have emerged from this disaster, filled as it is with so many personal tragedies.

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Edward Webb
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I've got a grandma in a home not far from where I live, and I don't go see her nearly enough. If something happened to her, I'd be kicking my own butt, not looking for someone else to blame.

Sure, it was the owners responsibility, but they had over 30 residents, most of the staff probably left to take care of their own homes, government assistance that was promised never came, and everyone else in the city with an able body got out of Dodge. Nice to have a plan and then watch it fall apart.

Same thing I said about the picture of the buses in the water. Horrible yes, but I still haven't gotten an answer as to who was going to drive them.

Who was going to get these people out, two owners? Where do they put them, next door? Across the street? Three hours away in Lafayette? How do they move them? 30 ambulances? One semi? How do they keep them from dying during the move?

Maybe the owners should have stayed there and died with them, you know, "go down with the ship" as it were. Much more noble and add two to the body count.

The only positive solutions to this involved either government assistance (the plan), which never came, or each family taking care of their own, which obviously didn't happen either.

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Well, your thread title was accurate, at least. You are just venting.
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