According to a reprint from the American Health Care Association; "Many myths, or misconceptions, persist about nursing facility life. In the past decade, nursing facilities, like all areas of health care, have changed dramatically in terms of staffing, policies, procedures, and general approach to the needs of their patients. The goals of the long term care profession are to provide both quality care and quality of life in a safe and secure environment. " I will enclose my rebuttal to this statement later as this of course I believe is a Marketing technique to try to cover up the bad publicity that nursing homes have gotten over that past years for their lack of care.
In the past and still now people still have many ideas or myths about nursing homes. Here is a list of what are some of the common myths are: A nursing facility is like a hospital. All nursing facility residents are confused. I will have no privacy in a nursing facility. If I enter a nursing facility, I will never go home. If I enter a nursing facility, I will surrender my right to make decisions. Nursing facilities have an unpleasant odor. Nursing facility residents do not receive adequate care. Husbands and wives must live apart from one another in a nursing facility. Nursing facility residents aren 't visited regularly by family and friends. The food is terrible in nursing facilities. These are all things that have been thrown out there and that have been listed by multiple sites on the internet, and it is my goal to address each one of them in this paper.
Is a nursing facility like a hospital? No, many residents enter the facility after they have left a
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