They assessed my father-in-law at the hospital, were fully apprised of his condition, and told us the facility was right for him. He was supposed to be there for 100 days, until we found a permanent place for him. We toured the place and, except for their rooms containing outdated furniture and being handed a bunch of mismatched broken clotheshangers for storing his clothes, all seemed well. By the end of the first week, before he had even had a chance to settle in, they started complaining that they couldn't do anything for him. They reported that he was violent and self destructive. The truth was, they refused to work with him. They promised they would help him regain his baseline, but all they did was babysit him at the nurse's station. Day after day, they sat him in a wheelchair out there and ignored him. He has dementia, but he can play chess, he can play his harmonica, he can talk, he can understand what is read to him. But they treated him like he was a vegetable. They did no rehab with him, so he grew weaker and weaker and never regained his ability to walk. They continuously pressured us to get him out, which, after seeing that they refused to care for him, we were eager to do, as well. Remember... They were the ones who told us he was right for the place! We still don't understand why they turned on him. They also treated my mother-in-law with disdain and evasion. Finally, my husband was forced to make an unplanned trip back to MI to sort out this mess. When he got there, he found his father emaciated, like a prison camp victim, looking miserable and hopeless. The social worker, who was the only competent person there, helped us find a decent, caring facility. Now that my father-in-law is in proper care in a different facility, he is talking, regaining his strength, smiling, playing chess and harmonica. He has had no violent or self destructive episodes. In short, Danto is an awful, awful place. If you love your relative, please do not leave him or her there!
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