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This is not unusual, just not as easily proven. When my father was at Davis - a fancy, expensive place - he was left alone for hours with no one checking in. I know because I sat with him for long periods and saw no one, especially at night. He was also a huge fall risk and the pads by his bed were not replaced every time. All sorts of things like that, like the railing in this story. One night I was visiting @9:30pm and my father started having difficulty breathing. I tried to find someone to help. I went down the long, empty hallway and found two ladies working, cleaning up around the hall. I told them what was going on and they said they'd be right there. They weren't, so I went out and asked again. They came and saw his face was beet red and obvious he was having a hell of a time breathing. Then they said they'd get someone to help. It took at least 20 minutes for someone to check him out and then call an ambulance. What if I hadn't been there?

It's a shame how our society doesn't take care of our elderly and/or sick. Furthermore, many people can't even afford or can't qualify for assisted living or similar services and go without the care they need. Shameful.

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