As readers of My Elder Advocate Blog are well aware, we often speak about the grave danger to elders who are evicted from Nursing Homes, Assisted Living Facilities, and Adult Homes. A nursing home eviction often leads to disorientation, loss of identity, depression, and death.
As I travel across the country visiting with my clients in Nursing Homes and other long-term care facilities, I find that a majority of our nursing home residents aren’t getting the proper exercise to help them maintain mobility and their health.
As you may be aware, at least 70% of our elders enter a nursing home because they require physical rehabilitation after a fall or stroke. They spend a brief time in the hospital and are quickly sent (some too quickly) to a rehabilitation center that most of the time is a nursing home.
One of my pet peeves with is that there is no rhyme or reason to how they choose their residents. The only goal is to “fill” a bed without regard to how a potential resident will get along with other residents.