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Elderly Afraid To Voice Problems in Nursing Home Care

Nursing home patients feel helpless when it comes to dealing with the nursing home’s hierarchy. For example, a 97-year-old nun living in a nursing home found herself in great discomfort with a wheelchair and had to ask how much a new one would cost. The nun was going to use her birthday money she had saved up to buy a new wheelchair. Another patient had numerous bruises from falling because employees do not help her in and out of her wheelchair. Legislators have noticed a decline in the level of nursing home care, and a lack of information on how to voice concerns to administrators. The elderly patients are often too intimidated to ask questions. With the fastest growing portion of the population being people in their 90’s, nursing home care must improve. Additionally, there must be ways for patients to effectively voice their concerns without feeling intimidated. To read the full story, click here.