saw them drop a lady. I rolled out of there that day and
lived on the streets a good while. It's safer on the
R., Pennsylvania, nursing home survivor
love being in a real home again. All my friends are welcome. I made my
own curtains, do my own shopping, and I work as a volunteer.
S., Missouri, nursing home survivor
I was forced to stay there. I had no other choice. You keep asking yourself,
'Is this America?'
B., Michigan, nursing home survivor
The way Senator Mo Udall was forced to live his last years in a veterans'
hospital because he had Parkinson's -- that shows you. No matter how rich
or powerful you are, they can take you away.
The way they have it planned, nobody gets out of there alive.
It's like kidnapping. I had no freedom. I had no life.
the nursing home, they would line us up to go on 'outings.' I felt like
I was a dog in a dog show.
K., New York
they do is keep you confined. They lock you up in steel. Then they give
you drugs, they say it's to 'decrease your anxiety level.' I'm free today.
The being locked up is what causes the anxiety.
don't know there are kids in nursing homes. I was in
there for thirteen years. I had to fight to get out. It
was the beginning of my life at age 22.
can't stand to think we all want out of there. But we all do.
L., Indiana nursing home survivor
put anybody in that hell.
P., Virginia, state school survivor
was nuts then, okay? But being in that place was worse than anything I
could have imagined in my delusional paranoia.
E., New York, mental institution survivor
were going to 'cap' home care in my state. It would have been that you
could either get into bed at night or out of bed in the morning. Some
people wouldn't get enough assistance to do both in one day.
S., Wisconsin, independent living advocate
was like a jail house, the nursing home. They told me if I left I'd get
killed. If stayed there, I'd be killed. I am free now. I come and go as
I please and you know what? I don't get hurt. Losing your freedom is what
G., West Virginia
day of every year, I wanted to go home. We all did.
B., Montana, veterans home survivor
entire atmosphere was of a zombie-like child care center, where keeping
quiet and following rules, usually facilitated by over-medicating the
patients, was the main priority.
touch was prohibited. Neglect was considered
H., Washington, mental institution survivor
said I'd never have a job, or a wife, or a child.
have all that now. They wasted years of my
P., New Mexico, nursing home survivor
have escaped from hell to tell every American:
nursing homes are nothing but concentration camps.
E., New York
happened right after we got her diagnosis, the whole medical establishment,
it was like they ganged up on us. They took me on a tour of the right
placement' for my daughter.
gives me the shivers to remember those poor children.
They didn't have a thing in the world, not even a mother.
I've met people who grew up that way, a few of them who
managed to get out. They didn't get 'care' there. Society
just threw them away for not being perfect.
mother of a child with a disability
one is being coerced to get a treatment, more harm is done than any possible
good the treatment could do.
down, people know what is and what isn't acceptable to
them, what is and what isn't negotiable in their lives.
We need to honor that.
Q., psychiatric survivor
the nursing home, we had to live by their rules. We need a new rule: free
was like being a guest in a stranger's house. And the stranger doesn't
want you there.
A., Maine, nursing home survivor
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