Giving Elders the Respect They Deserve Through Humane and Dignifying Care

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Emily Anderson
WR 122
Evaluation Essay Final*
February 6, 2013

Giving Elders the Respect They Deserve Through Humane and Dignifying Care

Everyone has or knows of a family member who is getting older and requiring a little more help as they do so. These aging gems are all around. They’re your mother and father, grandma and grandpa or perhaps maybe a dear friend, but unfortunately these once valued human beings are becoming the unspoken burden on society. Caring for a friend or family member is a hard job, inconvenient, and sometimes not practical, which is why millions and millions of Americans make the decision to hire outside help. Sometimes an in home caregiver or nurse, others place their elderly loved ones in nursing homes where they assume they are getting good help and being taken care of. Studies have shown that over 1.8 million people are living in nursing homes (Nasser, web). And forty three million Americans rely on a caregiver of some kind (Alzheimer’s Association, web). Unfortunately, there is no real accurate statistic to show regarding the elderly people who are neglected, abused and are receiving unacceptable treatment of all kinds, because not all cases are reported. ? Senior citizens are being neglected, abused, over medicated and left in the hands of inexperienced caregivers on a daily basis to me this treatment is unacceptable.

Anderson 2 I have a lot of experience working with the elderly, I have seen and experienced much beyond my years due to the priceless moments I’ve spent working with these amazing people. I know what it takes to make a good caregiver, which includes but is not limited to spiritual, mental and physical qualities. I started caring for my great grandma when I was seventeen, shortly after my other grandma (her daughter) got sick and I began caring for her...
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