Thursday SEPT 13
Bringing joy and smiles to the elderly by way of music and songs.
Juan with Ms. Amparo Cortes, a woman in her 90’s, a former resident of the Lower East Side, became extremely ill and was not able to find a nursing home in the area. Gouverneur Hospital administrators told the family there was no space. Ms. Cortes was offered a bed in the Coler-Goldwater Facility on Roosevelt Island. The family recalled their visit to that facility as something out of a horror movie; appeared abandoned; very poor housekeeping; most of the patients were emotionally disturbed persons walking around unsupervised and improperly clothed; only a few were bed-ridden patients. The family had no choice but to place her in a nursing home in Queens.
For ten years, our District has been hit hardest with the loss of certified nursing home beds and medical facilities. Downsizing and closures are like a cancer eroding our communities, eating away at facilities that deprive our senior citizens, and those with disabilities, of medical facilities, nursing home beds, and hospices.
We need to effectively fight to preserve whatever nursing home beds and medical facilities are left in our District and in our neighboring Districts. And for the sake of our elders, we must create more long-term care facilities. This will be one of Juan’s top priorities.
Visiting Ms. Amparo Cortes, former resident of NYCHA's Baruch Houses on the Lower East Side.
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