Choosing a Dignity Based Nursing Home
There was a time in the not too distant history of healthcare that nursing homes were considered by many in the public as warehouses and halfway houses for the elderly. In the 1968 book Where They Go To Die: The tragedy of America's aged, authors Richard M. Garvin and Robert E. Burger, in regards to nursing homes of that time, make the statement -It is a halfway house between an active life in society and the stillness of the cemetery, and not the paradise on earth that the advertisements promise-.
Note how the authors are basically making the statement that the elderly are seen as no longer valuable in society, at least in the eyes of the nursing home industry. And also that the nursing home is just a holding place for seniors until death.
Now that's sad. And sadder still is that even now, more than 40 years after those authors made that comment, some nursing homes continue to have that viewpoint.
The good news is that nursing homes today are held to a much higher standard than that. Today nursing homes are expected to treat the elderly for what they are...people. People that can live there proverbial golden years with respect and dignity even in spite of medical conditions. And while this isn't always true in every nursing home, the days of a nursing home as a warehouse for old people to die is no longer the accepted norm.
Truth be told many nursing homes across the country are still falling behind. They still lack excellent care and the tools required to make it happen. They lack the skills, experience, and staff to be able to treat their residents as people. So when choosing a nursing home for your loved one choose one that isn't lagging behind. Choose one that treats their residents as people.
So how do you do this?
Well here's just one tip to use.
When you go to interview nursing homes for your loved one look at the residents of that home. Notice how they're treated, how the staff respond to them, notice what their clothes look like. This is far far more valuable than relying solely on someone's words of how they treat their residents. This is so valuable in fact that these are things that the government look at when inspecting nursing homes.
So why's this valuable?
Well it allows you to see potential problems as an objective outside observer. You see... if you notice that those residents aren't being talked to with respect or that they're left in soiled clothing...well your loved one doesn't have to go through that. You don't have to wait until your loved one is in that nursing home for you to see it. Now I think that's pretty valuable.
But you won't find this out just by talking to the managers of a nursing home. You'll find this out by looking around and reading the writing on the wall. I'm not saying that everyone that manages a nursing home is a liar; I'm simply stating that they're really busy people with lots to do and lots of people to manage. They might not be aware where they lack. But you can see the situation for what it is just by looking at the nursing home with objective eyes.
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