With the aging population growing more every day, the role of nursing homes in the society is also becoming more evident. But while these facilities are created to offer a comfortable and safe home for the elderly, some compare nursing homes to prisons for seniors and it paints a bad picture for what could be a welcoming haven for people who are in their late adulthood years.
Here, we set the record straight on the most common rumors about nursing homes:
Rumor 1: Nursing homes are the final home for the elderly
A lot of people think that putting an elderly in a nursing home means that he is just waiting for his life to end. More often than not, nursing homes are thought of as a facility filled with sick and weak people.
But on the contrary, these facilities are just like any other community where seniors get to enjoy fun activities like watching movies, playing games and interacting with other residents. A nursing home is also a place where a loved one can stay temporarily until he is well enough to return home.
Rumor 2: Nursing homes are confined spaces that don’t offer independence
The ultimate goal of a nursing home is to provide its residents with the best quality of care possible without taking away their independence.
Although there may be some limitations with the movement of residents due to the specialized care they require, they barely feel that they are in a confined space because nursing homes have outdoor spaces and wide indoor areas where they can roam freely and safely while the competent staff is always around to supervise and guide them. Residents are given the freedom to choose whatever they want to do in their free time.
Rumor 3: Nursing homes are only for the sick
Thanks to movies showing nursing homes as dull places with white walls, dim lighting and no aesthetic at all, a lot of people think that these facilities only cater to sick people like a hospital does. But a nursing home can cater to seniors who are healthy but need extra supervision due to their age. A lot of family members feel that their senior loved ones are safer in a nursing home than in their own homes because professionals are around to make sure that all their needs are catered for.
The bottom line
Although nursing homes have suffered a bad rap over the years because of misinformation and false claims, you can never dismiss the fact that they play a crucial role in society today, especially with the elderly population outgrowing the younger generation over the next few years.
These homes also offer a safe, conducive and comfortable place for our elderly loved ones to enjoy life without us worrying about their health and safety. So instead of painting a bad picture of them, it’s also our responsibility to help promote more positivity about these nursing homes. After all, they are the only ones we can rely on to take care of our elderly loved ones.
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