I don’t like the nursing home
They won’t let me go.
I don’t like the smell
It makes me sick.
There are four of us in one room
My roommates are loud. Smelly. Messy.
The food is just “ick”
And doesn’t taste like anything.
I hope to get out before I’m sixty.
Before I went in the nursing home
I had my own apartment.
I had a live-in aide.
I went where I wanted.
I ate what I wanted.
I was happy.
If I get my own apartment I won’t mess up again.
Published: Utah Freedom Writers: The Chance to Be (SLCC Community Writing Center, December 2011)
Karen Hansen is 53 years old and has cerebral palsy and a learning disability. She has been in a nursing home for over seven years.