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Nursing Homes & Jails. Why Are We Putting A Premium On Caring For Criminals?

Here is great piece that has been circuluating around the web for some time.  I don’t know who wrote it, but I figured its worth posting as I saw it most recently in Jonathan Chevreau’s column in the Finacial Post.

Let’s put the seniors in jail, and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies, and walks, they’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc. and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance. Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

Nursing Homes & Jails. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes, and bring their meals and snacks to their cell. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool and education.

Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.’s and legal aid would be free on request.

Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.

Each senior could have a P.C. a T.V. radio, and daily phone calls.

There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct, that would be strictly adhered to.

The “criminals” living in the nursing home would get lousy food, be left all alone, and unsupervised, lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week, live in a tiny room, pay $3,000 per month and have no hope of ever getting out. Justice for all.

Though far less eloquent, here is an old article, What Can Nursing Homes Learn From Jails?, I wrote regarding a similar analogy particularly with nursing homes failing to supervise wandering patients.  Maybe I was onto something?

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  • trish anderson

    This article is amazing. I work in assisted living and completely see the point in this article and I hope it gains ground to bring up a higher standard care of seniors. If the state would not require staff to do more than hours worth of paperwork each shift maybe they could care for the residents better

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