By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate Hurricane Sandy announced itself by tossing a section of Boardwalk against the Promenade nursing home in Rockaway Park, Queens, blowing out its windows and sending waves washing through the first floor. Read New York Times Article http://ow.ly/fgEMY This nursing home like so many others in New York State has been consistantly rendering sub-standard care to thousands of elderly and disabled adults, never even complying with minimum standards of care as required by State and Federal Law. Every year the negligent and irresponsible New York State Department of Health rubber stamps the horrendous care in these facilities. If dogs were given the type of care that is given to these residents, the whole world would be protesting in huge numbers, arrests would be made, and reform would be swift. Politicians would be lining up in front of the media with an outcry for justice. The Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY is dotted with some of the worst nursing homes, and adult homes in the country. Also lining the peninsula are many adult homes that are just storage places for neglected elderly mental patients. I call this stretch of Nursing and Adult Homes, “DESOLATION ROW“. Again I have to use the dog analogy. Imagine a kennel that has young dogs, old dogs, sick dogs, starved dogs, tortured dogs, and dogs of all shapes and sizes, and place them in the same cage, and add minimal supervision. You get the picture? While most Americans envision a nursing home as a place that has only elders, these...