In 1894, six inspired women created a home-like healthcare facility for the elderly in Circleville, Ohio. Their idea was to offer nursing as much as nurturing, and companionship as much as compassion. Through their hard work and dedication, they transformed their vision into a nonprofit healthcare facility, then known as the Circleville Home and Hospital. It continued under that name for more than 79 years. Seeing the good work accomplished at the facility, local residents Paul and Alice Brown chose to contribute to the ongoing efforts of such a worthy cause. To that end, in 1973 Alice bequeathed a portion of her estate to what then became known as Brown Memorial Home. It has since grown to include skilled, assisted living and residential services.
My mother has been a resident for almost 2 1/2 years. When she first went there we were very impressed with the care and service she received. However it wasn't long before the really good staff began to leave. Some left for better jobs, but I believe many of them left because working conditions became unbearable. They do not have enough staff. I only get to Circleville every few weeks, but I have seen many times that my mother will have to sit in a wet and possibly soiled diaper for up to an hour. Her call button rarely works and even when it does it is ignored. I don't blame the staff because a person can only be one place at a time. Yesterday her roommate also had on her call light and alarms were going off because she got out of her chair, but no one responded. She finally got up and went to the bathroom by herself. My sister was there one day and heard a lady calling for help and there was no one in sight.
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