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    Friday, May 25, 2007

    The Trouble with Nursing Homes: It isn't so much the care as it is the nature of the beast:

    Nursing home priorities are matters like avoiding bedsores and maintaining weight -- important goals, but they are means, not ends. She left an airy apartment she furnished herself for a small beige hospital-like room with a stranger for a roommate. Her belongings were stripped down to what she could fit into the one cupboard and shelf they gave her. Basic matters, like when she goes to bed, wakes up, dresses and eats were put under the rigid schedule of institutional life. Her main activities have become bingo, movies and other forms of group entertainment. Is it any wonder most people dread nursing homes?

    The things she misses most, she told me, are her friendships, her privacy and the purpose in her days. She's not alone. Surveys of nursing home residents reveal chronic boredom, loneliness and lack of meaning -- results not fundamentally different from prisoners, actually.


    I'm pretty sure I would regard it as a prison, but I've known some people who are actually happier in the nursing home. They've all been very gregarious, outgoing people who love company. They are few, however, which is why movements like this are likely to catch on.
     

    posted by Sydney on 5/25/2007 08:39:00 AM 3 comments

    3 Comments:

    But, there are some people who like "living" in prison.

    Theodore Dalrymple has writen about these folks - they know they cannot make it on the outside,and they prefer to be inside.

    By Anonymous terrence, at 9:23 PM  

    Welcome to dorm life. ;-)

    By Anonymous Dara, at 10:24 AM  

    That's why my husband wanted to retire to the Philippines, so that if he gets sick, he can stay home and get taken care of...

    By Blogger boinky, at 11:43 PM  

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