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  • whatelseisnew Dec 19, 2012

    "Perdue can't legally shift money in the state budget unless a court order or an emergency requires it, but Delia said she is allowed to use one-time funds to make up for "unforeseen events," such as the imminent closure of group homes because of a budget mistake."

    Would that be the mistake where Perdue latched on to 20 million dollars from DHSS to pay for her baby-sitting program?

    "There are others within our state and those that come from other countries that are getting a free ride, why can't we provide for our most precious citizens...the elderly?"

    We are too busy handing out food stamps, cell phones, and extended unemployment handouts, just to name a few. The dems have little use for the elderly. Most of them have passed their usefulness as tax serfs.

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 19, 2012

    this is nothing but a big money grab just because they can. most of these people in these group homes can bath themselves by themselves anyway. this is not a group home of very low functioning adults that need assistance every moment of the day. those people are in nursing home care.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 18, 2012

    There are others within our state and those that come from other countries that are getting a free ride, why can't we provide for our most precious citizens...the elderly?

  • SlowDecline Dec 18, 2012

    djofraleigh "...passing it on to the Republican legislature, who can blame Bev for handing this problem on to them -- inheritance."

    I agree; and it's very simliar to what Mr. Bush and the conservative powers handed to Obama in 2008....hard hand to be dealt, that inheritance thing.

  • peppercorns Dec 18, 2012

    Are you serious? Why are we closing Dix Hospital? Put these folks in there!!!...It gives people jobs and keeps the mentally ill off the dang streets. The government or the state can monitor it close enough ?...no? Not every mentally ill person is a cutie rocking with a teddy bear and not every old person bakes cookies. Some people are violent, nasty, deviant and not what anyone needs at home. Sign the person over as a ward of the state put them in Dix. simple.

  • Nancy Dec 18, 2012

    "The federal government is pulling 40 percent of its funding from adult care facilities under new Medicaid rules.

    DHHS requested a waiver from the federal government that would prevent Alzheimer's patients from losing Medicaid benefits, but it was denied last week."

    There is the problem, trickle down pain from the healthcare laws passed on high.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    I can't help but sit here and cry myself into tears as I worry about my mother.

  • djofraleigh Dec 18, 2012

    It’s difficult for one individual to take care of someone by themselves. -- comment

    Who is responsible for an elderly, disabled person? The family has the choice to step in, but can't be held responsible. The government has taken on that burden. Trouble is, the government is an uncaring, bureaucratic system. Let this be a warning to us all.

  • djofraleigh Dec 18, 2012

    Ho, ho, ho ....Bev has not fixed this since March, and is passing it on to the Republican legislature, who can blame Bev for handing this problem on to them -- inheritance.

  • rocket Dec 18, 2012

    "Not true. You are just bitter that President Obama is still in the White House and cannot except the way people voted. Maybe next time it will be your way. But for now, he is there for 4 years."

    That doesn't change the fact that Obamacare is a horrible piece of legislation and a huge blow to liberty.

  • FunnyOne Dec 18, 2012

    My mother is in an Alzheimer's facility and is losing assistance. She worked in a factory over 35 years and has paid her dues. She also raised 7 children. We were not rich in money but we were rich in love. It didn't take long after selling her house to go through her money. Care for someone in this type of a facility can cost from $5000-7000 per month plus other expenses. We did keep Mom at home as long as possible until she needed to be in a secure facility. It’s difficult for one individual to take care of someone by themselves. When they get to the advance stages they need special care which most loved ones are unable to provide. It takes a special kind of individual to take care of them even in a facility.

    I think it’s a shame that our government has turned its back on these individuals but we waste our money on SO many other things (ex. – Depts. in the CIA- day before a holiday, employees are given half day off at our expense). I could go on...but why...seems no one car

  • OpenM1nd Dec 18, 2012

    This affects a good number of our friends from H.E.C., for anyone familiar with the organization.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    If the rich get tax breaks for this and that, is it considered a handout?

  • Leo731 Dec 18, 2012

    My mother lives in an assistant living home, she is 57, After suffering her second stroke her husband left her and I had to handle all of her medical. She ended up in a rehab center for a few months then I took her in. She has cardiovascular dementia, subclavian steel syndrome, diabetes,2 strokes, High colesterol and many more conditions. I tried to take care of her but we do not get a long that well and my mother is very demanding. Changing diapers, Keeping up with 20 different medications and their schedule, making sure she is bathed and eating properly. She has been in and out of the hospital many times even had to be inter-bated.
    She forgets she has a cigarette in her hand and if she is not monitored she can burn the place down, she forgets she is cooking and sometimes is very unstable with walking. It was very hard on me. What am I going to do now? I suppose she will have to come back to my home and we will hope for the best.

  • aspenstreet1717 Dec 18, 2012

    Good. plenty of over funded departments to take the money from. The money has always been there.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    For those still able, look into getting a Long Term Care policy. Take some initiative today to decide where you end up when you can no longer take care of yourself. It’s a horrible task to put on anyone to be a caregiver for a loved one who can no longer take care of themselves.

    Very good advise.

  • Mollers Dec 18, 2012

    For those still able, look into getting a Long Term Care policy. Take some initiative today to decide where you end up when you can no longer take care of yourself. It’s a horrible task to put on anyone to be a caregiver for a loved one who can no longer take care of themselves.

  • lavenderdejectedmoon Dec 18, 2012

    Wonderful news.

  • carolinaprincess62 Dec 18, 2012

    This is actually two different issues when it comes to Assisted Living. The AL will lose funding for residents that don't require extensive care with their ADL's. This does affect Alzheimer's patients as they are considered mental health. I don't understand why the government thinks all of these people can return to their homes and live independently. Yes, a person may be able to put on their clothes, go to the bathroom and feed themselves, but they can't cook, they will wander in the street, can't give themselves medications. It's crazy. First they close up beds in the psych facilities and mentally ill residents end up in facilities for the elderly and developmentally disabled and now they are taking it away from everyone. Many of the mentally ill will end up in jail because they won't take their medications and will commit crimes. I don't know where the Alz and assisted living residents will go.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    Cut medicaid for the young healthy people before cutting it for the old and sick!

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    "This is not just effecting small group homes, no matter what they say. My uncle, who is dd and requires 24 hour care, is about to be kicked out of the assisted living facility where he has lived for the past 15 years because of this. It is a large facility with 100+ patients. He needs help with bathing, meds, eating, and basically to be minded constantly because he is a three year old in a 74 year old body. No idea what will become of him because of this. No one in my family is able to give him the constant care he needs to stay safe. I'm ashamed of my state and my politicians for fighting so hard to preserve tax cuts for millionaires while the most vulnerable citizens have to suffer, as usual."

    I hope the people that want them out realize that I won't be a tax payer anymore and must receive handouts because I wouldn't have a job as I, an unqualified healthcare worker, would have to look after my mother 24/7.

  • kimsstressed Dec 18, 2012

    ALL HAIL ME, Some people just WILL not understand. Do not let them get to you.. These are not people laying around the house, living off the government, too lazy to work... These are people that are incapable of safely living alone ... Yes, some of them may have family, but this population should be monitored 24/7 and many family members can not just give up their jobs to take this on... And most that try to juggle working and caregiving can not give the level of care that they get in group home setting, no matter how hard they try.. Please folks, unless you've been there, please don't judge...

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    How can you be against these mentally ill people receiving care if you won't go to a group or nursing home to tell them that?

  • OleNCNative Dec 18, 2012

    If they're not in homes, they'll be out on the streets. You choose.

  • bluecanary Dec 18, 2012

    This is not just effecting small group homes, no matter what they say. My uncle, who is dd and requires 24 hour care, is about to be kicked out of the assisted living facility where he has lived for the past 15 years because of this. It is a large facility with 100+ patients. He needs help with bathing, meds, eating, and basically to be minded constantly because he is a three year old in a 74 year old body. No idea what will become of him because of this. No one in my family is able to give him the constant care he needs to stay safe. I'm ashamed of my state and my politicians for fighting so hard to preserve tax cuts for millionaires while the most vulnerable citizens have to suffer, as usual.

  • internethwy39 Dec 18, 2012

    charmcclainlovesdogs2 does your morality allow these people to be homeless or will you pay for it?

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    " Well save some of those freebies for a rainy day, because there also comes a time When you have been given enough! You can only be enabled for so long"

    I bet you won't go to a group or nursing home to tell them that.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    "Mentally ill living in group homes, where they are cared for, supervised, medication is monitored and documented ... vs living on the streets or with family members that may not be able to "supervise" them properly, that will not be with them 24/7...."

    I know some people say "They have family. Let them take care of them." Guess what? Some don't have any family. I was one the ones that tried to supervise my mentally ill mother. I can't tell you how many nights I have stayed up to make sure she does not go berserk. The toll it was putting on my marriage was extreme and there was no way I could watch her 24/7 while working full time. People don't understand just how difficult it is. You don't know mental disability unless you or you live with someone that is ill.

  • kbmelv Dec 18, 2012

    This has been in the works for sometime, one would think the government would have placement for these CITIZENS. Many of these disabled individuals have no family, little if any education and no skills to be productive citizens. Due to their mental disorders they are in these homes to ensure their medication is given as ordered. Who will make sure this is done once they are no longer being monitered? Where are they are suppose to move to? How will they get to the doctor? Ironic that at one point they were encapable of taking care of themselves and now because funds are "low" these disabled citizens are now able to lead independent and productive lives? Our defenseless neighbour deserve so much more. Shameful.

  • Crumps Br0ther Dec 18, 2012

    Maybe next time it will be your way. But for now, he is there for 4 years.
    charmcclainlovesdogs2

    4 mores years! Thats a lot of freebies isnt it? Remember when Barry said "There comes a time when you have made enough money?" Well save some of those freebies for a rainy day, because there also comes a time When you have been given enough! You can only be enabled for so long

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    Lawmakers should get paid by the bills passed, not for doing nothing.

  • Scubagirl Dec 18, 2012

    ACTUALLY this is a result of a so called 'mistake' when the darn thing was written or approved. A MISTAKE that in my mind could have been easily rectified-IF it was in fact a mistake and not just what they are saying now. Regardless of the WHY, it needs to be fixed for good, not just for 4 weeks.

  • kimsstressed Dec 18, 2012

    I know I'll get allot of negative comments, but here we go... Mentally ill living in group homes, where they are cared for, supervised, medication is monitored and documented ... vs living on the streets or with family members that may not be able to "supervise" them properly, that will not be with them 24/7.... Is our nation not grieving from something so unimaginable that was reportedly carried out by someone with mental or personality issues?? Isn't it about time our state and country step up and become proactive rather than reactive? I'm not saying all mentally ill people are violent, don't even go there.. I have more experience in this area than most through my job, I'm just saying without the level of care and supervision they currently receive no one knows what WILL happen... Hopefully, things will work out...

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 18, 2012

    Why not tax the Sweepstakes to support this?

    NO! You must be kidding!

  • FunnyOne Dec 18, 2012

    What happened to the funding for Alzheimer's patients? We need this ext. as well.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 18, 2012

    This is a result of Obama care,

    Not true. You are just bitter that President Obama is still in the White House and cannot except the way people voted. Maybe next time it will be your way. But for now, he is there for 4 years.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 18, 2012

    What is the plan for the mental that can no longer take care of themselves? Its obvious that the family don't want them, or they would not even be a part of the group home family. We just cannot turn them loose on the streets and then what? This is America and I am sure there is a better way to this. Hey, you never know when YOU will loose your mind. Tomorrow is never promise to you.

  • Scubagirl Dec 18, 2012

    They MADE this mistake, now they need to FIX it and not just till end of January. THEY just don't have to work...... until Jan. Well I don't either but I don't get a paycheck if I don't work. THEY certainly have it good.

  • Bob3425 Dec 18, 2012

    allinfantsareatheists-- This is a result of Obama care, remember it took 750 million from the program. As a Conservative I think it about time for Individual responsibility, then the family. Cut to spending have to me made at the Federal,State and City levels. The I'll support you doesn't work. What funds they do have they need to spend wisely. Spending wisely means for Police, Fire,EMT, Education,Infastructure and the list goes on. This only the begining of what is to come.

  • TJPC Dec 18, 2012

    As you watch the Federal Government abuse these people, keep in mind this level of abuse and even more will happen to Medicare people as more and more of ObamaCare kicks in. whatelseisnew

  • internethwy39 Dec 18, 2012

    Why not tax the Sweepstakes to support this?

  • thomasew Dec 18, 2012

    What happened to relatives taking care of their sick family members? When did it become the responsibility of government to take that over?

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    A 72 year woman with the mind of a child an no family gets to live a little longer. If you haven't been around people that have mental disabilities then you have no clue what kind of struggle these people and their families go through. I bet none of these lawmakers who saw this coming went to a nursing or group home to tell them that they are being kicked out.

  • whatelseisnew Dec 18, 2012

    As you watch the Federal Government abuse these people, keep in mind this level of abuse and even more will happen to Medicare people as more and more of ObamaCare kicks in.
    The State should place a surtax on the future income of Beverly Perdue of 90 percent. She choose her baby-sitting service over these people.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 18, 2012

    This will only get worse. Our conservative leaders care nothing about the destitute, the mentally ill and those in need. Their actions are the polar opposite of "do unto others".

  • JohnnyVoodoo Dec 18, 2012

    Well whoopdeedoo...an additional four lousy weeks. It could take MONTHS before these people are able to locate and physically move into another location. That is, if they're able to even do so. I have an idea, how about we give our most precious citizens (the elderly) whatever it takes to see that they are taken care of for the rest of the time they have here? Seems to me there are plenty of others that call North Carolina home that get everything handed to 'em free...not to mention the ones who come across certain borders who get a free ride as well. They get it all plus a free cell phone, and all our elderly get is another four weeks. One word, five syllables...unbelievable.

  • Half Red Half Blue Dec 18, 2012

    A little sigh of relief.

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