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Nursing Homes Need To Cater To Residents of All Ages

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A few decades ago, most people who moved into nursing homes were very old and many were near death. These homes were set up for staff efficiency and the residents were pretty much considered generic “old people” who needed high-level care or had outlived their families. All residents were “treated” to the same kind of food, music and activities, whether they loved them or loathed them. The caregivers meant well (usually) and referred to residents as “honey” or “dear.” These people typically lived out the rest of their lives in the nursing home.

Read more on Agingcare about how nursing homes need to work toward covering the needs of a variety of ages:

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