What Is The Biggest Nursing-Home Abuse?
The biggest nursing-home abuse in the world involves neglect, dementia and depression.
The biggest nursing-home scandal is NOT caused by staff, by nurses, by doctors or by managers.
The biggest aged-care abuse occurs not at one nursing home, not at several nursing homes, but at EVERY nursing home. Worldwide.
And it happens every week, without fail.
It’s nobody’s fault but it’s everybody’s fault. But mostly, in most cases, it’s the family’s fault.
And the family doesn’t even realize it. They don’t know it’s even happening.
I can tell you that in the early 1900s up until the 1940s, the same abuse happened to infants. It took until the 1940s for people to realize that it was causing long-term mental health damage, with impacts also to physical health.
I’m talking about social isolation and loneliness. These are linked, in numerous medical studies, to poor sleep, high blood pressure, dementia, reducing functionality, depression and morbidity.
Worse than smoking
In fact, as a health risk, social isolation is worse than smoking. Would you deliberately expose your elderly parent to frequent cigarette smoke? Of course you wouldn’t. You’ve heard about the consequences, read about the studies and you believe the evidence.
Yet, it is allowed, even a social norm in many western countries, to leave seniors in an establishment with no physical or visual contact with family and friends, apart from (on average) once every week or two. It is a silent epidemic of nursing home abuse.