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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 01:08 AM
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Nursing home owners charged with negligent homicide, cruelty
These were the Nursing Home residents whose care they were entrusted with that they abandoned during the hurricane.
I believe these were the ones that were tied together so that their bodies could be found easier. :mad:

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestne...

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More than 30 lawsuits have been filed against the couple by patients injured at the nursing home and the families of people who died there.

In a lawsuit filed last month, the couple sued the government, saying federal, state and local officials failed to keep residents safe and evacuate vulnerable citizens as the storm approached.

The Manganos have argued that their hurricane plan to keep frail residents in place with food, water and generators rather than risk moving them was a responsible course of action, and if the levees had held, the tragedy would have been avoided.

The Manganos' attorney, James Cobb, has stressed that the nursing home never flooded before Katrina and the Manganos worried that an evacuation would kill some of their elderly patients.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 01:13 AM
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1. Did you see this while there?
Edited on Thu Sep-21-06 01:16 AM by lonestarnot
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestne...

Those people are dispicable! Through the book, the library and the house at them! The should be waterboarded? OMG Did I say that? I didn't mean it. Prison for a looooooooooooooooong time will do.
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Horse with no Name Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 01:15 AM
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2. I sure did
I was just posting it in a seperate post!
:woohoo:
Do you know how many people read the Dallas Morning News?
This is big (I hope)!
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 01:17 AM
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3. I edited my post to you re the nursing home residents!
I'm sorry I got so excited at that headline! I'm too old for backflips or I'd do one! :woohoo: :party: :toast:
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man4allcats Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-21-06 02:50 AM
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4. I would be willing to bet they had no "hurricane plan."
That sounds like lawyer talk to me. Regrettably, far too many U.S. nursing homes never really plan for anything. "Proactive" is, for the most part, not in their vocabularies. They refer to their plans when they get caught with their pants down, as happened here, in an effort to try to sell the regulatory and investigative agencies on the idea that they actually had a plan in the first place. Though it is now two years old, Senator Charles Grassley's (R, Iowa) bipartisan letter (pdf file - may load slowly) to Mark McClellan, former administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which letter was I believe never answered, illustrates well even now two years after its writing the sad state of nursing home care in America. Nursing home residents are easily taken advantage of by a system that all too frequently maximizes profits at the expense of quality of care. The exploitation is wide spread because the residents are usually poor, almost always old and in generally declining health. In short, they don't typically have the resources to fight back, and the nursing homes know it. Consequently, greed usually triumphs over the much hyped but largely untrue Golden Years Scenario pitched by the nursing homes to prospective clients and their families. The state of nursing home care in the United States is the national disgrace that is too often not spoken of at all or spoken of only as a whispered dirty little secret. If you have a loved one in a nursing home and want to know more about the problem and what you can do to try to insure a higher level of care for your friend or family member, click National Citizens' Coalition for Nursing Home Reform. It is the oldest and arguably most knowledgeable U.S. site dealing with the subject.

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