At some point in the past, old folks that were no longer productive, and in fact needed attention, were put in asylums, almshouses, poor houses, and the like.
Nursing homes were born. If left alone, the nature of nursing homes could feel like one of depression, sickness and ultimately death. Most of the folks there do not feel good.
Nursing home staff work to make their facilities as pleasant as possible. It doesn’t help that a lot of residents do not get visitors. Medicaid pays for a lot of patients, and it causes stress in the nursing home if they are late with their payments. It doesn’t feel good to see a hearse pull up to take someone away and later notice an old friend missing. I’ve spoken to many NH personal that I witnessed going above and beyond the call of duty to give hope to residents. I’ve met staff members that clock out and go home to relieve a family member of there caregiving duties.
We cannot expect folks to open a nursing home and not profit from it. When using Google, I found a few articles speaking to the quality of care differences between profit and not for profit homes. All said they thought not for profit may provide better service, but it wasn’t really evident. I would not think it would be any different.
The public demanded nursing homes (NH) stop with mechanical restraints. Behavior experts warned before hand that facilities would either have to increase staff dramatically or may be forced to use medication to restrain patients that may be dangerous. But the powers that be, didn’t agree. Alarms and the such were sold by the thousands to NH because of public demand. The behavior experts warned that people working in these high stress jobs would begin to depend on alarms and mats and that personal contact may suffer.
Well, nursing homes did begin using medication to insure the safety of all concerned. Many NH are now pulling alarms and fall mats out.
It’s amazing to realize some of the situations that bother the public now may have been created by the public of the past. Unintended consequences must always be part of decision making and we learn of those by listening to opposing points of view and looking at history. The nursing home industry has many years of knowledge in the minds of long time employees and may not have been consulted when some decisions were made.
There are a lot of unintended consequences in this stuff, and in life in general.
Another thought, one group of people push for these places to spruce themselves up and when they do, another group chides them for wasting money they say could have been used to hire more personal.
Medicaid pays the bills for a lot of nursing home patients. Will they pay more? Should we demand operators make no profit? Should facilities lower the pay of the staff? I don’t know about that first question, but I have strong opinions about the other two. Owners deserve profit and staff at these homes deserve more pay.
This is a big problem that needs, at the least, to be clearly understood. It’s easy to pound on this industry because they really don’t have time to fight back.
Another thought, if next week the owners of the for profit ones said, enough is enough, and shut down, would we then be more inclined to talk with them, instead of at them.
This post has nothing to do with horrific situations that come up, that should be prosecuted.
From so many places we are being told of the giant wave of seniors coming. Now is a good time to be speaking of these things. This is important!
I thinks it’s obvious we need more money invested in the elderly.
Please remember these are my thoughts after my research about this. Please let my thoughts not sway you to my way of thinking, if anything let them instigate your own research.
P.S. I personally feel guilt from not visiting my dad much when he was in a nursing home. I wonder what kind of pressure that put on him and the workers there.