Stereotypes In A Nursing Home

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To see residents in a nursing home enjoying life was quite eye opening. I have to admit I believed the stereotypes that a nursing home was institutional, almost hospital like. However, observing the quality of life the residents were displaying squashed my perceptions of nursing homes. The residents were full of life and very willing to speak with me and reflect on their life changes. Before this experience, I felt a nursing home was a place where the elderly did not have a voice, could not make their own decisions, lost their identity and went to die. After volunteering, I discovered it was a chance for some to start living again and create a new identity. I was equally surprised by the research that overall, many elderly individuals voluntarily moving into a long term …show more content…
The experience created a better sense of understanding about long-term care facilities. And, I feel as if I can be a better advocate for seniors in need of making the transition into a nursing home.
Understanding the needs of the elderly and the human services available are extremely important to ensure quality care in and out of LTC facilities. The elderly may need assistance with adjusting to life changes, loss, grief, housing, medications or finances. They may need assistance with creating a will,

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