How to kill a care home

After years of working for others in social work, I sought to be on my own. I thought I could by running a home for mental patients. It would be for mental (not retarded) patients – men in their 20s and 30s, and it would be monitored by a county mental health dept. (the kiss of death).

I rented a home, furnished it, and called county agencies to get it licensed. In the rush away from anything ‘institutional’, social workers stressed making everything ‘homelike’. Dishes had to match; dining room chairs had to match, etc. No mention was made of what patients would do.

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