Yesterday was my first on-site visit to this facility, which was beyond imaginable (and that's not a compliment). Yesterday I was notified that my 60-year old, [now] critically-ill friend has "lived" and I use the term, "lived," rather loosely, of course, in this deplorable facility for the past several months.
Walking into the facility there was a immediate and overpowering smell of urine, which only worsened as I walked through the facility. The care, or lack thereof, was truly frightening and beyond imaginable. Three (3) hours lapsed absent any check-in for any reason. I rang the call-button and ... no response for more than five (5) minutes. I actually had to walk outside the room and beg for assistance. The staff members arrived and it was readily apparent this site lacks adequate staffing. Under-staffing was (and continues to be) the beginning of what is an obvious nightmare for this resident.
I am not in a [legal] position to remove this resident from the facility and despite another [non-family] beseeching the patient's family members (mother and 3 brothers) to do so, they continue to refuse to allow their family member to be moved to another facility. The mother and 3 brothers have the financial resources but lack the will, compassion, and concern to allow a higher level of care for their family member. Individually and collectively, the family members continue to look away and appear to be waiting for the end-of-life for their critically ill-family member. SHAMEFUL.
The ONE AND ONLY saving grace in this facility is the Spiritual Care Director who is a Godsend to the patients and others, including me, and she is the quintessential definition of excellence in every regard.