John ___ spends his hours in a shed-sized room in St. Petersburg.
Wipes, hospital dressing gowns and diapers are stocked haphazardly along narrow wooden shelves.
John ’s feet, propped up on a large camel-colored reclining chair where he lies, are cracked and yellow. The recliner engulfs the cramped room, its edges almost touching the walls.
A fly flits greedily about his motionless body.
“I’m probably going to die here in my house,” he said.
John, 75, had a stroke in 2013 that left him partially paralyzed. But unlike many older adults who need help with daily living, he’s unlikely to enter a nursing home.
“Nobody wants me,” he said.
Calandra is a convicted sex offender, having spent time in federal prison for possession of child pornography. He’s part of a growing community of elderly ex-prisoners who want to be in nursing homes where they can get the care they need. But the nursing homes don’t want them.