When I was a young girl, my paternal grandfather had to do rehabilitation after having his left leg amputated. Since he lived alone, he was forced to do his rehab in a nursing home. Many times this is still typical today.
The only thing about nursing homes back then compared to the nursing homes of today is that they are not even similar. Somewhere along the lines people in this country have figured out that With Age Comes Respect and that just because you need the services that a nursing home is capable of providing does not mean in any way, shape or form that you will benefit from a medicinal hellhole!
Back then, however, this is exactly what my grandfather was subjected to, thus we all were since we visited him each and every Sunday. He was the exception to the rule in this matter. Most people were shoved into these facilities to hide them; give them a place to die.
There was no artwork to speak of. The hallways were dim and smelled of death. I don’t really remember a week (or maybe that is due to my nightmares of this place) that I can think of a body not being wheeled out of there – either with a sheet over them or in a black bag. I truly despised this place!
That is why caregiving is such a necessity today. As the week progresses, I will share with you more experiences that I had at that nursing home and a couple of others. I hope that you, too, will agree that our seniors are still better off in the confines of their own homes – safe and sound!