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McMaster University
Health, Aging and Society
Jessica Gish

RUNNING HEAD: THE DARK SIDE OF NURSING HOMES 1 The Dark Side of Nursing Homes; Critical Commentary of Elders Sinisa Martinovic McMaster University 1328789 HLTHAGE 1BB3 November 21, 2013 Dr. Jessica Gish T.A.Alison Schure RUNNING HEAD: THE DARK SIDE OF NURSING HOMES 2 To many people it is seen that nursing homes offer the best high quality care for elder people, while for many others it is seen as a place of hard times and abuse. It is often sad to see that many people are blind and cannot see the ugly truth that lies in many nursing homes. What seniors may think is their new found glory home can instead be a prison where they are not safe from anyone and cannot have their own say or free will; even other seniors, nurses, and staff cannot be trusted no more according to all the mischief reported that occurs in retirement communities. Many cases have been severe from life threatening injuries or even death from neglect and assault, which caused illness to the elders resulting in a slow and prolonging death, while many other cases have not had such caustic events, but still complaints were heard and drama, had been created. The shame associated with nursing homes is one of the highest demises when it comes to thinking and planning where to settle when a person has entered old age. Many nursing homes today are no longer seen as being a place for elders to get away from it all on the busy city streets which create stress, instead the homes act like a prison system and the citizens are considered inmates, thus leading to greater stress and irritation. This miserable, gloomy, and frequently life changing view of nursing homes is the way almost every elder perceives them to be once settled in. In this report, the mission statement is to advise the younger generation as much information as possible about abuse that goes on in nursing homes for elders through various real life examples, the history of elder abuse, and how they could be dealt with on a global scale. This paper will also show proof that nowhere in the word is a safe place and that most times no one can be trusted when it comes to putting someone else’s life on the line, not even the people who are considered professionals in the field of nursing. Upon reading this paper, many people will 2 RUNNING HEAD: THE DARK SIDE OF NURSING HOMES 3 never look at nursing homes the same way again, their thoughts on these homes will change from soothing relief to disgust and from freedom to detention block. In mid-November of 2011, the ‘Toronto Star’reported several cases of elder abuse linked to nurses that had occurred in the Southern Ontario region where the citizens in nursing homes had been tortured, mistreated and even raped by the people appointed to offer countless care for them (Welsh & McLean, 2011). There had been various cases in which assaults on the citizens were extremely severe that ministry inspectors recommended that the home should have instantly notified authorities. One case that shocked the entire Greater TorontoArea was the raping of a 71-year-old woman “Danae Chamber” at Castleview Wychwood Towers, in which one of her own staff members was responsible. Elders concede that cases of abuse in nursing homes are rarely reported to the media.According to the reports the “Star” obtained, more than 10 residents in Ontario are physically, verbally, and sexually assaulted each month. In the majority of the known cases, the abusers were all hired staff and nurses. In others, the assault was resident on resident (Welsh & McLean, 2011). The settlement in a nursing home is deemed to be mandatory only when older peoples desires surpass the limits of care that their family members can provide for them at home. Frequently mentioned causes involve a change for the worse in the condition of the older relative, wandering in directions their not sure of, the inability to be left alone most times, caregiver exhaustion, ailment of another family member or conflicting family needs, and caregiver's own illness from the non-stop effort of satisfying the elder to their unlimited needs and wants (Ryan & Scullion, 2000a; 2000b). The fatigue of nursing employees could certainly cause a change in their attitudes toward elders. Repeating one action over again continuously can RUNNING HEAD: THE DARK SIDE OF NURSING HOMES 4 get tiring and tedious. Whatever the circumstances, nurses must insist on doing this action. It is not pleasant to finish every day the same way and not get anything out of that profession. Usually when this occurs, nurses and staff members start to dislike elders and their way of interactions around others, lines are drawn between these two sides (Ryan & Scullion, 2000a; 2000b). The societal slang “Ageism” is usually first introduced when cases come down to this for nurses and staff. They start to believe that older people are incapable of performing tasks on their own. From what they see of older people as being described helpless and weak, the nurses would eventually start to pester them based on their physical inabilities to perform tasks.As the pestering would continue, the staff’s attitude would change more dramatically; they are influenced from the stereotypes and myths that society has of older people (Spencer, 2002). The society, which we live in, can make older adults feel unwanted, and uncomfortable which can push them to become invisible. Older adults in nursing care become almost completely invisible to the entire society (Spencer, 2002). Seniors who were around at the same time are referred to as cohorts. They lived to see all the major events happen and lived to feel the effect of those events in a negative manner. It is believed that more than 4000 Canadian elders are abused every year, in that number, a vast majority of them happen to be cohorts of another. In a research experiment performed in the Netherlands, four categories of abuse (verbal, and physical aggression, financial mistreatment, and neglect) were studied in a cohort of community-dwelling residents aged 69 to 89 in nursing homes across Canada (Gorbien & Eisenstein, 2005). People of society today believe that seniors 4 RUNNING HEAD: THE DARK SIDE OF NURSING HOMES 5 know too much about everything that has happened in the past and contemplate that seniors will want the ent
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