Nursing Home Neglect

Topics: Geriatrics, Old age, Middle age Pages: 3 (795 words) Published: March 24, 2009
“Nursing Homes”

Nursing Home Neglect

In the piece “Attack on the Elderly,” included in the book “Off with Their Heads” by author Dick Morris, Morris uses substantial evidence to share with us, the national phenomenon that is occurring in America’s nursing homes. The chapter explains the abuse, neglect, and torture that is going on in America’s seventeen thousand nursing homes today.

Over 3.5 million elderly people are said to be living in America’s nursing homes; throughout the seventeen thousand nursing homes, millions of people are being abused, sexually assaulted, neglected, and even tortured. This makes us wonder--Who is actually being put in charge of taking care of America’s elderly? Just as it is stated in the piece, “these places are constantly understaffed, hazardous, filthy and unsanitary, overmedicate residents, and even employ convicted criminals.” Although we have these issues in today’s nursing homes, no one has yet to come up with a just solution. I, in fact, know this because in the last year my grandfather was placed in a local nursing home here in Espanola, NM, where there is constant evidence of not enough staff members, impatience displayed with residents, over medication, as well as an unsanitary environment. Nursing home employees seem to vent their anger or impatience with residents by yelling at them, roughly handling them, and fail to complete their duties as caregivers. Just the other day, I came across my grandfather who seemed to be totally out of it. As if to be heavily sedated. “He has good and bad days” the family says, yet when he has bad days, he doesn’t talk, stares at the floor, can’t feed himself, or do anything else for himself, for that matter. This seems to me like they over medicate him to make their jobs easier. Whether it makes caregivers jobs easier, there is a time to medicate a patient, not just doing it to simplify someone’s job.

Working with the elderly is a very rough job. It is as if we are...
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