A stunning new report has revealed that more than 90 percent of nursing homes in the U.S. were cited for violations of federal health and safety standards last year.
The same report found that inspectors received 37,150 complaints about conditions in nursing homes across America last year, and the investigators were able to personally verify that 39 percent of those complaints were valid.
The truth is that about one in ten Americans over the age of 65 and one in four Americans over the age of 80 will spend at least some time in a nursing home.
A stay in a nursing home is not cheap. In fact it often drains the last remaining financial assets that an elderly person has saved over a lifetime. The average cost of nursing home care is $50,000 to $60,000 per year.
Since it is so expensive, nursing home care should be fantastic, right?
In 1999, the cause of patient death on almost 5000 death certificates from nursing homes listed starvation, dehydration or bedsores as the cause of death.
Sometimes the cause of such shocking abuse is neglect, but other times it is intentional.
For example, two teenage girls who worked at a nursing home in Minnesota have been charged with abusing a number of the elderly patients under their care.
The abuse that they are accused of committing includes taunting, spitting on the patients and groping the breasts and genitals of residents who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
What could be worse than that?
How about killing them off.....
In California, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed an assisted suicide law earlier this year that allows nurses to sedate, dehydrate and starve the "terminally ill."
Who are most of the "terminally ill"?
The truth is that "respect your elders" has become a thing of the past.
Today "youth" is king, and Americans spend billions and billions in a futile attempt not to get old.
Perhaps America would be a better place if it followed the simple instructions of Leviticus 19:32.....
"Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God."
Our parents and grandparents took care of us when we couldn't take care of ourselves and they loved us and they provided a nice life for us.
Don't we owe them the same?