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She receives social security but the nursing home takes all of it except for $40.00 a month.

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GraceH, Shame on you. Believe me, the elders in these nursing homes have paid dearly . You should visit them and then you would not be so mean spirited. Remember, you may be old, helpless, and need help someday.
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Grace, those elders paid into the system I would imagine.. I know I sure am everytime I look at my paycheck...
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so the taxpayers not only have to provide food, shelter, aides, doctor visits, medicines, shampoo, toothpaste, arts/entertainment, public libraries, transportation, but also a free cellphone?
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Grace how selfish & mean. I would not want you as my caregiver. My dad pays for his own room and board at the home. My brother who is power of attorney for my dad doesn't want him to have a phone in his room because he doesn't want me to call him and because he is selfish just like you. My dad`s want`s a phone. He can afford it. One way or another, a phone is the connection with the outside word and every senior in a home should have one, whether they can afford one or not.
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Don't nh's have landline phones available?
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My mom has a land line phone on her nightstand at nh. The aides dial for her if she needs to call us. Why would she need a cell phone?
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My mother texts and likes to get pictures texted, etc. I can't imagine her not having a phone. Since the NH is only allowing $40 a month for her personal expenses we've decided to add her to our family plan.
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GraceH: Are you serious? My mother is 72 and has worked her whole life since she was 16. He and my father often worked 2 or 3 job each to make sure their 5 kids and ailing parent were taken care of. This was back before the days of getting refunds on your taxes and earned income credits that make tax paying now days a joke. These elders worked hard their whole life with a lot less breaks than our over pampered, spoiled generations get now. You included. My parents worked hard to put into the system and didn't get it back in BS tax breaks at the end of the year and government programs that take the responsibility off the person. They clawed, scraped and sweated for every penny you now think they are given for no reason. People like you make me sick. You - a caregiver? Obviously you are in the wrong field of work if you feel like that. I feel sorry for anyone receiving your care. Instead of saying things like that about elderly people who worked far harder than you do without any real help why don't you find a website about healthy, young people who are bilking the system for millions every month for disability because they have an attitude problem, lazy and don't want to work!
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Oh wow, I never even read GraceH comment until now. there are absolutely NO landlines available for these nursing home residents, most of them have no income except for the $30 /mo the nursing home gives. There should be some alternative so they can receive phone calls and make calls when they see fit (such as a cell phone for those able to use them).
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Grace I have a tracheostomy and can only send text messages to my relatives. And yes the taxpayers should pay for it. The taxpayers didn't have any problems with me breathing in all those industrial chemicals when I was working 60 hours a week on job sites all over the NY Metro area. You might live in one of the structures that helped me get here. And I hope this never happens to you Grace - it's no laughing party.
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