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SF Laguna Honda Hospital’s move a 2-day affair
San Francisco Chronicle

Felipe Martinez often wakes up in the middle of the night when one of his roommates, a former janitor, decides it’s time to start cleaning. Or worse: Some nights, the same man calls out for his wife, or begs to know where he is and what’s happening to him.

Though he’s lucid, Martinez, 50, lives at San Francisco’s Laguna Honda Hospital in a ward for dementia patients. He has 29 roommates, their beds lined up in two rows on either side of the long open ward, with only sliding hospital curtains to provide a bit of privacy.