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Tales of Inhumanity, Dedication

Published: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 12:01 a.m.


Gigs to the ownership of local Assisted Living Facility, Amonet Care Home, who stopped buying food, laundry detergent, paying bills and staff payroll.

Garlands to the staff who kept coming to work to care for the elderly and disabled residents. Staff used their own money to buy groceries and necessities while waiting for promised moneys to reimburse them. Their paychecks bounced. Still they came to work to make sure their residents were safe.

Garlands to the state long-term care ombudsman and Agency for Health Care Administration representatives who tackled the situation, making contacts to ensure that the residents had meals to eat and a safe place to stay, advocating for the staff to get paid for the compassionate care they provided despite the knowledge they would soon have no job or paycheck for Christmas.

Garlands to the other assisted living facility managers in the area who mobilized and are in the process of accepting these residents into their facilities on short notice. Garlands to the case managers who advocated for residents' needs and reassured them they would not be left behind or lost in the confusion.

This is a sad story of inhumanity and cruelty to the innocent. It is also a story of dedication and compassion that no one will ever hear about except those who were there and experienced it.

LYNN M. REPETOSKY

Lakeland

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