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Chulanowa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-30-09 05:59 AM
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178. I work in a nursing care home
Edited on Mon Nov-30-09 06:00 AM by Chulanowa
What I see is that some people are assholes... and others aren't. Just like real life. We have several residents who get nearly daily visits from family. There are others who have been here for years without even a hello on the holidays from their relatives.

However, we try to make up for that lack. I've been to bad nursing homes - ours isn't one of them, I'm happy to say.

Next time you see someone bitching about putting grandma into a nursing home... Ask them if they're willing to grind, strain, and thicken three meals and all drinks three times a day, seven days a week, every week of every month from now until hopefully a long time from now. Ask them if they're willing to lift grandma out of her wheelchair and onto the toilet - and given how wheelchair life tends to result in weight gain, this can be a task! Ask them if they're willing to bathe grandma, and of course give her special cleaning when she needs it. Ask them if they're taking their grandmother out on sunny days, and reading to her on rainy days, and always, always keeping an eye on where she is and what she's doing at all times. Ask them if they are planning to take training for emergencies - and there will be emergencies.

I guarantee you, none of these people will. They have it in their head that people put their relatives into nursing care because htey want to get rid of them. Some might. But 99% of the time... it's because these people fucking need professional care. I used to be one of these people who thought a home was a hellhole, and I know that I do not have the capacity to do the nursing aspect of work in this place.
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