Quality care for those living
in nursing homes
By Jane Marshall
August 13, 2006
To the Editor:
Consumer Reports researchers evaluated three of the most
recent state inspection reports for about 16,000 nursing homes
in the United States. Only a limited number of nursing homes
met the quality standards of Consumer Reports.
Unfortunately many frail elderly people have no choice but to
spend their last days in a nursing home.
There was a time when a family member who was not considered
community worthy was placed in a back room of the house and left
there to live out his or her life. Tragically, far too many nursing
homes have become the back rooms of our time.
The fear of living in a nursing home looms larger for far too
many people than the fear of dying. It shouldn't have to be this
way. It doesn't have to be this way.
Those of us with compassion
in our hearts should work to assure that the 1.5 million vulnerable
old people living in nursing homes in the United States receive
quality care, that they are treated with dignity, that there
will be no more "back rooms" where the most fragile
among us live lives of quiet desperation, and that physical death
is the only death they will know.
Dover, TN - USA
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