Take a look at the pictures of the facility that let 87-year-old Lorraine Bayless die.
The slang term for a place like this is a “Brass and Glass Palace.”
Nice place but you wouldn’t want to live there because places like this routinely elevate appearances well above the person. We also know exactly how events unfolded after Lorraine Bayless collapsed and a nurse on duty called 911.
From the Bakersfield Californian…
In a seven-minute audio recording posted on KGET’s website, the dispatcher asked the nurse whether anyone was present “that’s willing to help this lady and not let her die.” The nurse’s reply:
“Um, not at this time.” The nurse went on to say that it was against the facility’s policy for staff to perform CPR on the woman, who KGET reported had collapsed in a Glenwood dining room.
The center’s executive director, Jeffrey Toomer, did not return a message left at his office Sunday. But the center did issue a written statement reiterating its “deepest sympathies and condolences” to the woman’s family, and said it was “conducting a thorough review of this matter.”
Take a listen to the 911 dispatcher begging the on-duty nurse to do something to help a dying woman— if your stomach can take it: 911
I understand that there could be mitigating circumstances in this case but the heartlessness with which the facility’s nurse prioritized facility policy above the life of a person reveals all too much about the dark underbelly of ageism in America.