A nursing home resident who has been unable to find work for years because of an illness, disability, or disability-related loss is asking for help.
Lily Marie DePuy, a retired nurse from Woodland, New Jersey, told the Daily News she has lived in nursing homes for over 40 years, including a nursing home in North Carolina where she had her first child.
She said she was laid off after losing her job in 2007.LIVE UPDATES: What to Know About New Jersey’s Unemployment Compensation Bill (NJ.gov)While she was in nursing home care, she said she spent about $100 a day, often working at a hospital, to supplement her paycheck.
Now, she has a mortgage and a family.
DePuy said she’s been looking for work since her bankruptcy, but said she has not received any work from any of the nursing homes that have agreed to take her on as a part-time caregiver.
“It’s been a long time coming,” she said.
“The nurses I worked with at the nursing home have never had anything like this happen to them.”
DePue said her husband has been a part of her transition from the nursing care system, but that they have not been able to find full-time employment.
“I feel like I need to go back to work and help pay for this,” she told the newspaper.
“I’ve been trying to figure out what I need, and I don’t think I’ve got any money to pay the rent or the bills.”
DeSoto County Commissioner Daniel Peralta, who is also a member of the New Jersey Assembly Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, said that he has heard from patients who are looking for help but are worried about losing their homes.
“They have the ability to go to a bank or a savings account or have someone help them out and get some money and then come back to the nursing facility and have a job,” he told the News.
“They don’t have any recourse.”
“They don, they can’t go to the court and ask for help,” Peraltas said.