Monday, August 9, 2010

Toward a Documentary Poem about Alzheimer's Care & the Carlyle Group

As part of our ongoing efforts to continuously improve upon our level of service and convenience to you and your loved one, we are making changes to our billing timeline and procedures.

Carlyle was ranked in 2007 as the largest private equity firm in the world . . . however, the firm moved down to second largest as of May 2010.

TOLEDO, Ohio, December 21, 2007--Manor Care, Inc. (NYSE:HCR) today announced that global private equity firm The Carlyle Group has completed its $6.3 billion acquisition of Manor Care . . . "We are pleased with this successful outcome, "said Mr. Ormond. "We look forward to working with Carlyle and continuing to provide quality care to our patients and residents."

There are many family members who share our concerns & are eager to work together and do all we can to assure that our family members receive the best care possible. We took the liberty of including your email address in the "Family Council" distribution list. We hope that this hasn't created a problem. Even though you're far away & unable to participate directly, we thought that you would want to be kept abreast of what's going on.

Dunkin Donuts
Water Pik
United Defense Industries (maker of the XM2001 Crusader self-propelled howitzer)
Small Smiles Dental Centers
Synagro Technologies, Inc.
Allison Transmission
Manor Care

On December 18, 2007 David Rubenstein, representing the Carlyle Group, purchased the Magna Carta (one of seventeen copies) at Sotheby's Auction House in New York City. He paid the Perot Foundation $21.3 million.

* (52) To any man whom we have deprived or dispossessed of lands, castles, liberties, or rights, without the lawful judgement of his equals, we will at once restore these. In cases of dispute the matter shall be resolved by the judgement of the twenty-five barons referred to below in the clause for securing the peace (§ 61). In cases, however, where a man was deprived or dispossessed of something without the lawful judgement of his equals by our father King Henry or our brother King Richard, and it remains in our hands or is held by others under our warranty, we shall have respite for the period commonly allowed to Crusaders, unless a lawsuit had been begun, or an enquiry had been made at our order, before we took the Cross as a Crusader. On our return from the Crusade, or if we abandon it, we will at once render justice in full.

Directors of one of the world’s largest armament companies are planning on meeting in Lisbon in three weeks time. The American based Carlyle Group is heavily involved in supplying arms to the Coalition forces fighting in the Iraqi war.

A dementia patient at an Urbana nursing home was raped by another resident in July but wasn't taken to a hospital for more than 24 hours, a state investigation found. (10/2007)

Dave Regan, the union's president, said private equity firms that buy nursing-home chains commonly reduce staffing to increase profits, causing residents to suffer. The New York Times reported last month that residents of nursing homes bought out by large Wall Street investment companies wind up with worse care.

But Ullman, of the Carlyle Group, dismissed the union's "smear and fear campaign" as an attempt to attract employees into the union. SEIU has 1,100 members among the 60,000 employees of HCR Manor Care.

"This is about gaining more dues-paying members for the union. It's not about quality of care," he said.

On my last visit, I noticed that the place was under-staffed and the caregivers were highly stressed. There were a lot of little crises and not enough caregivers to watch over everyone. He noted that the families are worried that their loved ones are not being adequately hydrated, as there are not enough staff to help them eat and drink.


10 are the lifeblood of our business.

C. The rights and responsibilities of residents shall be printed in at least twelve-point type and posted conspicuously in a public place in all assisted living facilities.

"There are the large windows & sunshine."


Jonathan Morse said...

A book I haven't read because I don't have to is Dan Briody's conspiracy study, The Iron Triangle: Inside the Secret World of the Carlyle Group (Wiley, 2004). I don't have to read it, and neither do you, because we both remember what happened to Hawaiian Telephone after Carlyle took it over from Verizon. It was as if Carlyle wanted the company to go out of business.

But I will mention that when I called to cancel my own service, the HawTel service rep on the phone was almost crying. She kept me on for a good ten extra minutes, telling me stories about strange new phenomena like the Carlyle people from Germany who walked the halls in a group and wouldn't allow anybody else in the elevator when they were riding.

susan said...

Thanks; I'll order the book pronto.

rodney k said...

Hi Susan,

I'm reading William Gaddis's "JR" right now, and your post on the Carlyle Group and its multifarious interests put me so much in mind of it that I had to name-check it here. 1975, and so sadly prescient. Hope the best for your mom, and all humans on the commons next to the Manor.