Oh not really lotoole. I mean that in it only seems everyone needs a diaper.
It's true there are plenty of elderly people that are nursing homes but listen, I do know
what I am talking about in this regard.
Most people do not go to nursing homes and I would go so far as to say that 50% of the
people in nursing homes, don't need to be there. In other words, they really could live
at home on their own and perhaps a few of those would need some home health care.
The good news is today, there are a growing number of 'better' nursing homes and an
ever growing number of 'community living centers' and 'assisted living facilities'. The
only problem is, like everything else, the 'best' cost more.
When I lived in Florida, it was impossible not to notice all the senior community living
centers and suburbs. In fact there is a very nice area at Daytona, down by Flagler
beach that is only a block or so over from the beach.....it is mostly double wide mobile
homes...all very nice. There was a few properties in there for sale. I thought it might
be nice to buy one and it would make a great vacation home. So I drove in (gated) and
drove around looking at the outside of some of the homes that were for sale. I then
went to the office and to ask to see the inside, pricing, etc. They wouldn't let me.
They wouldn't let me because I wasn't old enough. It was a senior community and you
had to be at least 55 years old to own property there.....or if you were married, you OR
your spouse had to be at least 55 years old. Of course that place, you were pretty much
on your own BUT those type of communities have many facilities and benefits for the
elderly. They have activities and most become friends easily with everyone else in the
community. So if someone needs some assistance, such as needing meals prepared
for them for awhile when sick, needing help going to town, groceries etc.....all these
things are very helpful such as meals on wheels, senior citizen buses that take to them
town, healthcare vans that provide screenings, tests, and more.
To top that off, there is the abundance of 'assisted living facilities'. These facilities can
be very posh. Each person has their own room and the rooms can be very large with
plenty of space for closet, dressers, etc. Doctors make daily visits. On site nurses
keep track of medicines and administer. Again, there are buses that take those that
do have the mobility, to town, the mall, shopping, theater, and more. Meals are all
prepared and everyone gathers in the dinning room for the main meals. You do not
have to make your bed nor sweep or mop, etc because all that is done for you. There
is activities and special events.
So all these types of places for the senior citizens, elderly, are becoming more abundant.
If we don't come up with a quality health care plan for everyone in America, I do fear we
are going to see more state run nursing homes and that is very far from good.
If we can cut out heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto immune disease, spinal and
muscular diseases, arthritis and degenerative diseases, we will see a much longer life
I want to live as long as I can and as long as I am not in extreme pain. I wouldn't mind
at all living in a community center or an assisted living facility. Some nursing homes
wouldn't be bad either. But I wouldn't want to stay in a nursing home, lay in bed from
7 pm to 7 am, be swooped up, stripped off, taken to a shower, rolled in front of a table,
be spoon fed, have a preacher come in and pat my head every other day and tell me
how wonderful things are. Believe it or not, there are a whole lot of people that really
truly like that.