"Subject: Jail vs. Nursing Home Food for thought: Let’s put the seniors in jail, and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks, they’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool, and education. Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.’s and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens. Each senior could have a P.C. a T.V. radio, and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors, to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to. The “criminals” would get cold food, be left all alone, and unsupervised; lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room, and pay $5000.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out. Justice for all…"
While i see your point on jail versus a nursing home, here is another totally different aspect of convicts versus SCI. A recently released local criminal, not only does has he have 3 women working the streets for him but his girlfriend has gone nuts after he left her. This is the same woman who constantly reported him for beatings yet claims she loves him and his children dearly. Crazy but true. On the other hand a wheelbound man with income and a job is constantly rejected on dates due to condition no matter how hard he tries. Each time i see drug addicts claiming how hard life is to stop the habit. Its a middle finger to you all, At the end of the day you always have a choice SCI do not.
I know that, in reality, I wouldn't want someone checking in on me every 20 minutes, so the article is rather 'tongue in cheek'. But only day before yesterday, I spoke to a friend (by phone) in an assisted living facility who said a woman where she lives had fallen on the floor in her room and had lain there all day (I forget now how many hours she said,...something like 10 hours) because no one came to check on her.
But for me, in my condition, the worst part is that they can make it impossible to get out of the nursing home. (I'm living in my own house at present.)
People who have houses easily loose their homes when they go to live in a nursing home. The nursing home receives the resident's social security money. If the nursing home costs $3,000 per month, and the resident's income is $900, the nursing home gets the $900 from the resident, and the government pays the difference. The nursing home gives the resident approximately $60 a month in cash. But $60 isn't enough money to pay electricity, water, and upkeep on the house. So, even if the resident "gets well", they usually have no house to go home to. See article.
Moving Out of the Nursing Home "...Or even worse, after an extended hospital and nursing home stay, an older person cannot return home because there is simply no more home. The patient hasn't, or was unable to, pay the rent and is evicted — a harsh reality considering people want to spend their twilight years in their own homes. A recent AARP poll of people age 45 and older shows that nearly three-quarters of respondents want to remain in their own homes as they age, and that desire increases as people age.
"I've had plenty of people say that they would simply just rather be dead then be in a nursing home," says Gaughan. "It's very sad. Most of our people have developed a real routine in their lives. They know where everything is in their home and they know their neighbors. To be taken out of that routine — it's more difficult for an elder person to handle that kind of change." www.aarp.org/home-garden/housing/info-02-2011/moving_out_of_the_nursing_home.html
A couple of years ago, when I was in a nursing home, my nighttime aide told me that she bought adult diapers with her own money and brought them to work. She said that, otherwise, there were often no diapers available for her to use to change the residents on her aisle.
"Major Medicaid cuts would compel Dogwood Village to cut staff, supplies and amenities — changes that would affect the quality of care for all residents, not just those on Medicaid. If that does not save enough money, the nursing home might have to reduce the number of Medicaid residents, said Vernon Baker, who resigned as administrator in April. “It’s not like our toilet paper or paper towels are like the Ritz-Carlton’s,” he said." www.nytimes.com/2017/06/24/science/medicaid-cutbacks-elderly-nursing-homes.html
Post by ladylimpsalot on Sept 20, 2017 17:39:32 GMT -8
My mother in law died last year in a nursing home. She was in her 80s, and her mind was not all there. And her legs were gone as well. That is the sort of person that I think would do OK in a nursing home. There is generally not enough mental stimulation. I wonder what is going to happen with Medicaid. I hate Obamacare, but I am not sure that what the Repubs are presenting wouldn't be horrible to the old, and the disabled. For now, even though my house is a mess, I am happy to be here.
Yes, ladylimpsalot, you've got that right. I usually had roommates with dementia, and, to my surprise, those with dementia got treated all right. Someone brushed their hair, got them to the dining room, put them in front of a television, and gave them a bath. And aides weren't hateful about it. Some even spoke kindly to those who weren't "all there". It was the residents who weren't content staring off into space that were often considered a 'throrn in the side' by staff.