Feds: Florida dumping disabled kids in nursing homes

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    Sep 08, 2012 4:57 PM GMT
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (AP) - A federal lawsuit claims roughly 3,500 disabled Florida children are at risk for being pushed into adult nursing homes because the state is slashing medical services to keep them at home with their families.
    he lawsuit mirrors a letter sent by federal officials to Attorney General Pam Bondi alleging Florida is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by unnecessarily warehousing roughly 250 children with disabilities and even babies in nursing homes, often for years.

    After visiting children in six nursing homes, investigators noted the children are not exposed to social, educational and recreational activities that are critical to child development.

    According to a detailed letter sent Tuesday by U.S. Department of Justice officials, Florida is infringing on their civil rights by segregating and isolating them.


    Love them "slashing repubs" now huh?
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    Sep 08, 2012 5:04 PM GMT
    Another example of the Republican vision for US health care.
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    Sep 08, 2012 5:08 PM GMT
    tallahasseejock said
    Art_Deco saidAnother example of the Republican vision for US health care.


    I thought the extreme-leftists view from our party was that Republicans want to throw people over a cliff as their "healthcare." They just dump children in elderly nursing homes!icon_wink.gif

    Are there any MODERATE Democrats on this site?????????
    are there any "SANE" Repubs on this site?icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 08, 2012 5:33 PM GMT
    I'm not at all familiar with this issue and I certainly do not trust Florida's government, but just from what I've read here and thinking for half a minute I'm going to take a slightly different twist on this.

    I absolutely see the point that children should be with children. Certainly they should not be "dumped". But do children with disabilities in families requiring assistance (ie, I would assume the parents are busy working minimum wage jobs?) tend to remain at home isolated from other children anyway? Are there even abandonment issues at home?

    Is there any benefit for the children to be with other children in nursing homes where there might also be benefit for the elderly to have children to care for or have around to enjoy, especially in cases where parents don't have the resources or energy to properly care for their own children?

    I spent four years visiting a nursing home at the end of my mom's life, a really nice one with tons of resources (their chocolate cake, kept out for residents and guests, was delicious) yet even that was pretty damned depressing. Combining child & elderly care might be an interesting concept. I don't know. I'm just not immediately ready to throw that baby out with that bath water because of politics.

    Certainly, even if beneficial to all parties, the intent ought to be clear and all proper structuring ought to be in place ie no dumping allowed.

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