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Comments for: Judge signs off on order moving young Mainers with disabilities out of nursing homes

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  • Anonymous

    I agree that a nursing home is a depressing place, especially for younger people. During my stay for rehab in two nursing homes after operations, it was for me also and my stay was temporary. There were several Alzheimer patients that would wander into my room during the day, sit on my bed and not realize that I was there. They were all non verbal, harmless but it was still kind of creepy. I would rather die than have to live in one for the rest of my life. I hope the new living arrangements for these young men becomes a reality.

  • Anonymous

    That is great news! Congratulations.

    Now if we could only get better equal rights for those with mental illnesses and get the govt and health insurance companies to put mental illness on the same playing field as a physical illness.

  • Guest

    He looks very pleased with the decision.

  • Anonymous

    More class actions suits are sure to come — many people with disabilities are homeless and worse with the closing of funding to provide assistance to these individuals — too bad it has to go to class action suits to see change.  Lucky for this young man that he had the support behind him to guide him through the process, many people don’t and their voices go unheard. Congratulations and I hope you have a very fulfilling life outside the walls of the nursing home!!!

  • So happy to see this! I work at a nursing home, everyone deserves to live in the least restrictive environment and be able to be around peers of thier own age.  Imagine being the only 2o year old in a facility, every one else is in thier 50s, 60s and older.  No one to talk to, no one to share interests with. 

    •  I work in one too, Katherine – and I love my job, but it’s hard when someone so young is there and you know w/that extra help they would be out and living a life.  I’m glad that they now have more options! 

  • Anonymous

    Good for you Jake and Eric!  I have an elderly friend at the Maine Veterans Home.  He seems to be well taken care of, but what a depressing environment.  I don’t know how the care givers keep their spirits up, but they certainly seem to!

  • Anonymous

    Its about time people came to their senses!!!!   Now its time to build some assisted living apartments geared towards these individuals..to eliminate the years long waiting lists…..and while the state is at it, they can stop cutting funding and reinstate the funding they have already ignorantly taken away that will pay for services thats meant to help these disabled individuals lead INDEPENDENT lives that will in turn save the state money long term

    •  With the current HMFIC in the Blaine House, I wouldn’t hold your breath for those assisted living apartments, or funding.

      • Anonymous

        They’re just one election away from not being in the Blaine House. Let’s look for candidates that will advance the cause of people with disabilities.

        • Anonymous

          Agreed, and one that could out wit a Poodle would be nice as well.

      • Anonymous

        Actually the Waiver program that would allow for funding of these types of apartments has been closed since Baldassy — I’m not a LePage supporter…however, the closing of the waiver was not done on his clock.

      •  HMFIC — that must be the Head Mardens Fancier In Charge, right?

        •  I’ll ask the judges…. Yes we will accept it.

        • Anonymous

           A story comes out that most people would feel good about and be happy for the guys that fought the system (a system that has been in place prior to this administration) and won.  But oh no some people just have to take the attention away from the purpose of the story and beat their own drum again and again.  Good grief——-.  I am happy Jake and Eric good luck to them.

  • Anonymous

    Happy for them.

  • Anonymous

    Just a small comment.  I have worked at a retirement coummunity, not nursing home, and I fell in love with the elderly.  I also met people living in nursing homes in the course of my work.  I loved them too.
    I do think it was the most rewarding job I have done.  I understand how others feel but I would love to get back into that enviroment.

  • Anonymous

    This is the type of story that is about real people and makes me happy that my taxes are being used well when help those who truly need our help. It is too bad that so many in this paper rant against the services needed.
    I congratulate this man and those in the suit. I don’t mind paying to help you because “there but for the grace of god, go I”.

  • Anonymous

    Wish these people luck- I hope they can get the services & help they need to live an independent & more fulfilling life. It will be a challenge .

  • and_then

    Good for you, Eric and Jake (and Adam!) for persevering in your fight for justice. You’ve proved that you can right a wrong when the system disregards the laws and fails the people it is supposed to be assisting!
    We’ll be watching for the next chapter of your story, how you moved out to a new place and you were able to begin to achieve your goals! Best of luck to you all!

  • Fellas;  your smiles make my spirit soar…many will benefit from your efforts !

  • Anonymous

    Awesomeness!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hooray! I’m happy they won their case!

  • Well done boys

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