The current Covid-19 crisis has not so much caused as uncovered the real threat to our elderly populations.
The nursing home model of care puts our elders at risk.
While convenient for caregivers and relatives, the nursing home model of care cannot safeguard the health and well-being of residents precisely because of what it is: a large group of physically and mentally vulnerable adults pooled into one building and cared for by a limited staff on pay.
If you have an older relative in a nursing home please consider inviting them to live with you in the safety of your home during this crisis and beyond.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said:
“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones- the ones at home.
Let us ask ourselves if we are aware that maybe our husband, our wife, our children, or our parents live isolated from others, do not feel loved enough, even though they may live with us.
Do we realize this?
Where are the old people today?
They are in nursing homes (if there are any.)
Because they are not wanted, because they are too much trouble, because….”