As many of you know, I became disabled and wheelchair bound almost four years ago. In 2010, I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis of the lung, a genetic, non-contagious, and incurable immune system disease. The immune system attacks the organs of the body very slowly and insidiously until the organs fall from the merciless assault. In 2013, I lost my ability to walk. Common every day things like washing dishes or even washing myself are monumental tasks. I've been a "frequent flyer" at my local hospital. The day came when I had to try living in a nursing home. Oi.
So I am writing this about Ferncliff Nursing Home, in Rheinbeck, New York. On the outside, it's an old manor situated in the middle of beautiful back country. Once you're in, as a patient, that's where the beauty ends.
I tried writing a continuous log on Yelp! but they stopped me. Supposedly, they don't allow companies to complain about negative commentaries. However, that's bupkis. With more excuses than a Kellyann bot, Yelp! said their new algorithm detects what it thinks is spam and neutralizes the post. That fancy language for "We got paid by the company to kill your negative and factual post about their service."
The following is the Yelp! postings about the hell hole called Ferncliff Nursing Home.
Update, 5/13/17, 12:13AM
Where's a nosy reporter when you need one?
As of this writing, 2nd floor, B Wing, rooms 2034 to 2066, has only one nurse and one aide for servicing the entire wing. That's how unsafe we are here. I am one of the few more able patients, but the rest are quite disabled.
God watch over us tonight.
Update, May 15th, 2017
I still haven't seen a doctor. My bandages are 2 weeks old and stinking like rot. I've been trying to arrange transport out of here. I'm going to have to rent a van to get out of here.
In the meantime, the entire day shift walked out from fifth floor b wing because the administration was trying to force them to work yet another 16 hour shift. The building barely has any staff. It feels like a ghost town.