anonymous

Salem, IL

#21 Jan 6, 2009
I worked at Bryan Manor for almost 2 years as a DSP,(Direct Support Personnel) caring for those clients, and its the only job I've had to quit because I feel like I am going to hell at the end of the day, for even being any part of what Bryan Manor is. It is supposed to be one of the best LTC facilities in Illinois and from my experience I wouldn't send a poor, homeless stranger through their doors for them to take care of. I wish there were a way to get all of those helpless clients out of Bryan Manor and get them the care they need. Everything about Bryan Manor is supposed to be all the best for the clients and it definitly is far from this. For Christmas, they didn't have enough money to buy the clients that many presents, but they spent close to $8000 for new Christmas decorations and sold the old decorations from the old building on a rummage sale. Also, most "normal" people get to open their presents and celebrate Christmas on Christmas day, our clients didn't, they had to open presents the day before because all the SELFISH administrative staff wanted to see them open their presents while they were there, and they sure as hell wasn't gonna spoil their Christmas to come to Bryan Manor. I have seen where clients have gone close to a month without getting bathed, because Bryan Manor is too cheap to pay more people to come in. Employees are constantly working 16 hour shifts which becomes very irritating, instead of hiring more people, therefore making the clients suffer due to everyone's bad mood. Bryan Manor says they send their clients to a "workshop" program for them to earn money, that Bryan Manor in turn takes from them. The money that the clients do save in their accounts from working, are just wasted on whatever Bryan Manor decides they want to go buy them such as flat screen tvs and name brand clothes, instead of necessities, that way when they have doctor bills, the state has to pay for it and whatever Bryan Manor hasn't spent yet from the client's account, probably gets put into someone's pocket...because we are talking a couple thousand dollars to be spent, that way state pays their bills for them.I could go on for pages of this crap, but I hope that if you are thinking of sending any of your family members to Bryan Manor, now located in Centralia, Illinois, PLEASE reconsider, at least if you want your loved ones to have the care they need and deserve.

“Argh, Shiver me Timbers”

Since: Sep 08

Elizabeth, NJ

#22 Jan 6, 2009
I believe all the "Manor" type homes are that way. Take what you can and pocket it. The health departments which are supposed to be for public health are just as crooked in my opinion as the rest of the state politics. IL does need a cleaning up, putting real workers into office and those that have jobs, to the unemployment lines. Let them deal with the run arounds of the state goverment at its best. It is always amazing how many locations can pass a state inspection without any issues, yet you walk in and notice obvious failures in the system, and I am talking about all sorts of establishments, restaurants, nursing facilities, hospitals etc.

I had the pleasure of taking a food sanitation class some time back, I was amazed at what cannot be done,and will not go. The ceiling tiles that are discolored are a no-no as that shows a leak in the roof, which could be growing mold, gloves are over-rated, most foods are not kept at the required temperatures, most foods on buffets are mixed together, which is against sanitation guidelines, I could go on forever. The state needs a new health task force, and so do the locals, who are "appointed" friends of someone who could care less and look the other way, but maybe if it were their family it might be different.
MyOpinion

Salem, IL

#23 Jan 16, 2009
I too have worked at Bryan Manor 10 years from 1980 to 1990, at which time we had and administrator fired for embezzelment. I went back in 98 and even though the residents had more in the way of clothing the care was lacking more so then it had ever been. They hire all teen-agers who are for the most part not worried about the clients but worried about what is going on Saturday night. I seen one resident left alone in the tub, he tried to get out and fell and broke his leg, I seen another teen-ager spray perfume on a clients "private area" because they "stunk" i turned this in and they were eventually fired and if thats not bad enough i seen one teen-ager draw a smiley face on a residents penis with a ink pen how downright demeaning is that????
The care these people get is terrible.
They fire employees for such crimes as being 2 minutes late or for not useing a hoyer and a whole lot of petty reasons, when do we fire people for being neglectfull??? I once got wrote up for forgetting to chart a shower in one book out of the 16 i filled out. Yet these people rarely get showers so i guess that is important!!!
I dunno u can say whatever u want but god bless these people that live there because they are human and treated for less then what they deserve.

“Argh, Shiver me Timbers”

Since: Sep 08

United States

#24 Jan 16, 2009
You should have reported it to the state, as a healthcare employee you are a "state mandated reporter" for all abuse, and neglect claims, no matter who you work for. You are just as guilty as the next guy.

“Argh, Shiver me Timbers”

Since: Sep 08

United States

#25 Jan 16, 2009
2nd Comment too, you get what you pay for. If you pay minimum wage, you get high school dropouts, and people who could care less.
Jeanna

Centralia, IL

#26 Jan 21, 2009
I agree the pay could be better, being a mental health tech for 7 yrs i know how hard the work load can be.But i also know how much of a pleasure it can be to work with some of these less fortunate individuals.No i do not nor have i ever worked there but i know people that do.As for the type of care, there will be some staff that are there i am sure just for the pay check , but there are also those that care.
My2centsworth

United States

#27 Jan 23, 2009
Well, people don't enter the medical profession as a 'calling' any more, just as a good, secure, decent paying job with decent benefits. Also, it is now a medical "business" rather than a profession. Granted there are few nurses, doctors, etc. that genuinely care for their patients, but that is declining. Just look at the condition of our health care system in the country right now. I know because I have been putting a parent through hospitalization and now in a nursing home. I could go on and on.
advocate

United States

#28 Mar 1, 2009
I work at bryan manor currently and I do agree there is a lot there that needs to be adressed and fixed. Yes currently it is not so great. Some folks have worked there so long they think they are correct in treating our clients like babies but I wont stand for it. TO all those concered I have already gotten people fired for neglect and abuse and I wont stop there. I have been there for a week now and just so you all know, the executive staff are recruting a new kind of people, those that care and choose to be an advocate to those who cannot speak for themselves. Worry not for change is in the weather and it starts tommorow when I go in to work! We really do want good people there to take care of our clients and the training is exceptional at this point. We just have to weed out the bad seeds and sculpt the future rather than let history repeat itself.
advocate

United States

#29 Mar 1, 2009
ok it says im from chicago but I live in centralia. wierd...

“Argh, Shiver me Timbers”

Since: Sep 08

Marshall, VA

#30 Mar 2, 2009
It could be where your ISP location is making a connection.
MyOpinion

Salem, IL

#31 Mar 4, 2009
Alpha, Just for the record as a Healthcare Professional I am mandated by law to turn in Abuse and Neglect. How do you think them people got fired? I use to be a Hab/Tech and also a CNA now I am a LPN. I would never ever allow another to be abused. I am in this line of work because I truly Care Certainly not just for a pay check.
Molly

United States

#32 Mar 4, 2009
Just wanted to say I worked at Bryan manor. I QUIT! I took the classes...for almost a month without a pay check.. I came with several recomendations great work history and lots of experience I was a CNA for 8 + years and a Med tec. But they said I had to take there classes without an income. In the time I worked there I complained about people in the class, who made fun of the clients and workers who I seen hit clients. Was anything done??? not sure but I can tell you this much Hell would freeze before Id work there again. I loved health care and helping the people that society threw away because they were diffrent. But sad to say Cashier work pays much better!
Just Me

Mount Vernon, IL

#33 Mar 30, 2009
Well to start off Bryan Manor was the begining of my love for healthcare expecially DD healthcare! It is not the best place to work but... I have seen much worse and yes as a hab tech/DSP you are a mandated reporter it is your job to turn in things such as abuse and neglect! I worked night shift there and I can't say about the new facility but the old staff worked long hours and did become frustrated but this BS of residents not getting showers for a month... sorry don't believe it! I worked there I know the way staff bust their asses to get shit done around there. No administration isn't the greatest but its a working progress. No where else in this state does a DD resident get that kind of individualized care... and yes they do spend money on name brand clothes and flat screens but in all reality that is a state issue not facility, and the part about not spending money on their necessities and toiletries state runs that as well the facility gets so much money a month to buy those things for them you cannot spend their "earned" money on them! I think alot of you just worked with the wrong crowd of people and didn't stop and ask the questions you needed to or better yet report the things that you thought were wrong.
Molly

United States

#34 Apr 9, 2009
Just wanted to say that in all my years in health care I have never seen anything like Bryan manor and I hope I never do again. From speaking with former employess there I Can only hope more people speak up. All people even the disabled deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and like bryan manor all these types of places have the same problems they hire kids to do adult work. Hope Justme continues to stand up for these folks they deserve the very best and lots of tlc
Centralia62801

Glen Carbon, IL

#35 May 13, 2009
I live in Centralia and was born here "unfortunately".

I don't have a problem with Bryan Manor and I don't care whether they pay taxes or not.I do agree that they will fire you for your pants being 1/8" higher than your shoes. Too deep of a red hair dye (if it looks unnatural you can't have it, no funny hair styles as well). You can wear jeans and a t-shirt but no piercings (I agree because some patients tend to get mood swings and will reach for them.)

I do know people who work there and they don't like the job per say but they like the $1,000.00 sign on bonus. There are a few people there who won't clean a patient as expected, some do get neglected but it's really hard to keep a close eye on all the patients/employees. I do think it is wrong to allow mentally incompetent people "who know no right or wrong" to have intercourse.

Bryan Manor is supposed to test them to ensure they are capable of understanding the risk factor for intercourse, such as pregnancy, std's and whether it is based from emotional feelings, hallucinations or delusions.

All in all it is a good place to work for, you just need a strong stomach and be able to handle the "sometimes" 16 hr nights. They do pay very well and it IS bringing jobs to Centralia.
out

Springfield, IL

#36 May 22, 2009
i know this is old but i just read it and i have to say something. i can't believe that some of you are complaining about bryan manor getting a new building!! what an outrage. the residents that live at bryan manor cannot contribute to tax dollars because they are physically unable to work. we have to help those people because they DON"T have the means to help themselves. what a shame that we live in such a selfish country that we put the all mighty dollar before our fellow mankind. true shame!
out

Springfield, IL

#37 May 22, 2009
sorry i'm not very internet savvy so i was reading the very first posts that were added this wasn't directed at anyone who has recently added comments.
out

Springfield, IL

#38 May 22, 2009
but i will say this too the current posts. i also worked at bryan manor for a short period of time, and i agree with most of you. they need to get real help instead of hiring kids. some do care and do a good job, but alot of them unfortunatly could really give two shits less about the residents there. you HAVE to have compassion and patience to do a job like that. hopefully things will change for the sake of the residents.
Bryan Manor worker

United States

#39 Jun 21, 2009
I know this is an old post but I have to ask, when did any of you work there? When I started there were quite a few employees that needed to leave - and they have. DSP's are coming in as quickly as we can get them trained. Training is better than it's ever been. Those employee that are there just for a paycheck are watched by those employees that really care. And the number of those are growing. I would have anyone in my family live there. It is an amazing place. With the new shifts mandated 16 hr shifts are only once a week. True progress is being made. I want to say shame on those who knew/saw neglect or abuse and didn't report it!

“Argh, Shiver me Timbers”

Since: Sep 08

Woodlyn, PA

#40 Jun 22, 2009
16 hour shifts? Are you kidding me? I believe that is against Labor Laws.

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