A former resident of a California nursing home has accused the nursing home of dumping him at a homeless shelter on skid row, despite the fact that the resident had insurance that was paying for his nursing home care. The former California nursing home resident claims that he does not know why the facility removed him and placed him in the homeless shelter.
The 51-year-old man suffers from diabetes and uses a wheelchair. In an interview, the man stated, “It’s soul crushing. What are you gonna do? You can’t get help. You’re in a homeless shelter now and you can’t take care of yourself. It’s just dehumanizing. I told them I can’t survive in a homeless shelter. I can’t take care of myself in a homeless shelter. I’ve been in one before and they didn’t care. They said, ‘We can do it. We are sending you.'”
A reverend who works with the homeless shelter where the man was dropped off noted that the man does not have his diabetes test kit or insulin with him: “It hit home hard. He’s also had part of his foot amputated because of the effects of diabetes. I’ve had my leg amputated both because of Type 1 diabetes, but also because of three flesh-eating diseases. That’s one thing he wrote to me on Twitter – he said, you know, a guy in a wheelchair like me can’t survive on the streets. So I know the worry and pain he is experiencing.”
The homeless shelter reportedly rented a hospital bed for the man because he cannot lay flat on an air mattress.
The California nursing home released the following statement: “As a premier skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, CA Avalon Villa Health Care provides compassionate and personal skilled care 24 hours a day … We specialize in providing rehabilitation services onsite to help our residents regain their independence and return to their homes. Avalon Village Care Center adheres to the highest level of ethics and morals and the care of our patients is our number one priority. All care, including the discharge of patients, is conducted in compliance with all laws and regulations.”
The California nursing home states on its website that it “specializes in short-term rehabilitation and long- term care including skilled nursing, offering 131 beds for your loved ones. Our commitment is to provide our residents with care, compassion and loyalty in a courteous environment … Our team of qualified professionals helps residents recover from surgery, injury or serious illness. We understand the importance of creating a comfortable and nurturing atmosphere, whether residents stay for short-term treatment or long-term care.”
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