TCPalm published a letter from an 85-year-old reader yesterday.
She was writing to describe her experience at multiple nursing homes in response to a story the site recently ran.
Here are her words, unedited:
Many articles have been written about treatment in some nursing homes. And I pray that something be done about all the neglect and complaints being made.
After being transferred from the hospital to a nursing home for care and rehabilitation, I, too, was to experience such neglect and improper treatment. I am 85 years old and have all my wits and am able to communicate. And, in all those years, I have never felt so helpless and ignored.
The stories about some nursing homes are true and it’s a nightmare to many. (Not the rehabilitation; that’s good.)
My concern is for the ones who cannot communicate, the ones with no visitors or loved ones. They are at their mercy — totally. There is no dignity left for them.
No matter how I tried by complaining to the point of telling them what was going on, mistakes, etc., nothing worked. Most of them didn’t seem to care. The ones that seem to care can’t help you much anyway.
It’s horrible. You don’t want to go to some of these nursing homes. I had never expected that the 10 days I spent there were one of the worst experiences of my life. I actually wrote some of the happenings and kept them. I believe people in prison are probably treated better and we pay for that, yet we have to pay to be treated and get no respect.
I still cry for those people. Help is needed.
Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter and I do hope this letter can be of help to someone to open the eyes and ears and hearts for the aged, sick and lonely.
I had read David Cook’s view in your paper and felt led to write.
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