I've basically been occupied,
sleep-deficient, and burnt out. Nothing
to be overly concerned about, but it has sapped my creative juices, and I have come
up with little worthy of posting on the blog.
Just going through one of those downer phases, I suppose.
Bernice Youngblood is a resident
of the East Neck Nursing and
Rehabilitation Center in West Babylon, NY. She is afflicted with dementia. The nursing home is a component of the
Cassena Care Network chain of nursing homes.
Seems that the residents there
took a vote and approved, as a recreational activity, the engagement of a male
stripper performer. This performer
was photographed in the proximity of Bernice, and the photograph found its way
into Bernice's belongings, and was subsequently discovered by Bernice's son
So Franklin, on Bernice's behalf,
is now suing East Neck.
Bernice/Franklin's Lawyer, John
might be great for 32-year-old single girls, but this is an 86-year-old
traditional, African-American woman who doesn’t want white men sticking their
private parts in her face.”
My take on the whole thing:
Firstly, I cannot really get upset about a
nursing home accommodating the entertainment requests of its residents. Having had to place my Dad into such a
facility for the last few months of his life, and now, my Mom, I have had several
occasions to observe some of these places firsthand, and even more occasions to
compare notes with other Baby Boomers who are also dealing with the problems of
their aging parents (including my wife, whose Mom is also in a senior
residential facility and who needs a higher-than-average degree of care). Unfortunately, there are too, too many
nursing homes and senior residential facilities that do damn little to keep
their residents occupied and engaged. As
with any other sample population of more than 10 people, there are bound to be
a few unenthusiastic persons in the crowd for any choice of entertainment.
Secondly, nursing homes are expensive in the extreme,
especially if the operator is a commercial venture with a motive to return
profits to investors. I do not per se
object to such entrepreneurship if it is done responsibly, which Cassena seems
to do at a reasonably acceptable level.
So, just as medical malpractice lawsuits are primarily a means to
finance health care, so, too, are many tort lawsuits against nursing homes.
Thirdly, the plaintiffs' attorney, John Ray, is known to me
mostly by reputation (though I have had occasion to say "hello" to
him at various lawyer functions in the county).
John is not without his flamboyant qualities, but, unlike many of the
legal profession who take on cases for the disadvantaged underdog, advancement
of a partisan political agenda does not seem to be his primary objective in the
cases he handles. And now that John Ray has made a statement
invoking race, it is relevant to note that he himself is white.
The way I call it:
The lawsuit should probably be booted out of the courthouse door with
all deliberate speed. Nevertheless, in
light of my personal experiences with my parents and my mother-in-law, I do
have a considerable amount of empathy for Franklin Youngblood.
Labels: health care, Nursing Home, Race card, Strippers