Today’s guest post is a little unusual for Live Lighter but I thought it was a helpful one. So if you’re getting up there in age or have an elderly parent, you might appreciate this article contributed by Debra Johnson.
Getting old is a fact of life. As we age to the point of needing special treatment, the decision could be made to put us in a nursing home. While many of us may be hesitant or reluctant at first, there are many aspects of the nursing home that we don’t consider when the time comes.
- Servants – Although the nurses and staff really aren’t servants, they can still be viewed as such. Where else can you spend your golden years being waited on hand and foot? They are there to make your stay as comfortable as possible, so you might as well make it so.
- Cleanliness – No more having to clean up after yourself. Although, some may still do so for we aren’t animals. However, it is a nice comfort to know that someone is there behind you ready to clean it up.
- Medications – Depending on your ailments, the medication could be worth staying in a nursing home to begin with. Many twenty-something year-old people go to great lengths to have what the nursing home automatically gives you.
- Personal Chef – Although the food could be more akin to high-school cafeteria quality, did you have to cook it yourself? Your meals are prepared for you and served without effort by yourself.
- Luxurious – While some “affordable” nursing homes have more of a Spartan feel to them, many are more elaborate and seem on the verge of a five-star resort. Comfort in living is what it’s all about and some of these nursing homes go the extra yard to make it as such.
- Social – Surrounded by your peers, the nursing home could be a great place to meet interesting people to share a life-time of stories with. And if you choose not to be sociable, then that is your prerogative.
- Field Trips – Many nursing homes will allow their residents to leave the premises, providing they don’t have medical needs that restrict them to the facility. Many nursing homes will provide field trips for the residents in order to get out and quell cabin fever.
Being put into a “home” doesn’t mean we have one foot in the grave. Most of the time, it means that our families are taking responsibility by admitting that we, nor they, can care for us in our waning years.
Sometimes the truth can be painful, but it doesn’t mean we have to be cynical about the experience. We should enjoy what life is left and not consume ourselves with resentment.
About the Author:
This guest post is contributed by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of www.liveinnanny.com. She welcomes your comments at her email Id: – jdebra84 @ gmail.com.
What are your thoughts on and experiences of nursing homes?