Nursing homes are meant to help the elderly when they are no longer able to take care of theirs selves. However many will try to wait as long as possible to stay out of them, which depending on how long they wait it may cause them physical or even mental damage. The elderly seem to dread nursing homes so much that it leaves many wandering if will actually help them or hurt them.
What is it that makes the elderly dread nursing homes so bad? One of the many reasons for this is that they will not be able to do the things that they are accustomed to. Lola M. Armstrong a writer for Nursing Holmes Long Care Management writes "Those who can still think lucidly for they feel restraints the most. Oftentimes, it is some very small thing that seems depressing; but if it could be summed up in a few words, those words would probably be, loss of independence." (34) Loneliness is another reason as she goes on to explains
Loneliness also is high on the list. People feel that their own homes are empty of all their dear family members. Sad to say, they do not realize that in the change they are going to make, they will encounter a different type of loneliness. There is such a thing as being lonelier in a crowd than when being alone. One feels cut off from the mainstream of life, as it was formerly known. Living quarters are one room (or half a room) where there is not much space for the many things that were precious in earlier life. Good retirement/nursing homes try to plan various activities, but
everyone's interest does not fall into the interests that the home can supply (32).
What she is saying is that while they are not alone physically some may feel that they are alone because they are surrounded by things they are not used to and this causes them to feel emotionally alone. However, the main reason may be the stories they hear about in the media. There are many reports in the media involving accidents and deaths in nursing homes. Patricia... [continues]
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