A friend sent me a “joke” Grumpies of the World Unite, but far from making me laugh it made me extremely angry because the words hit home and made me pause to reflect. The more I read about care or lack of care and respect for the elderly, the less enthusiastic I am for my Mum to leave the comfort of her own home to be cared for in a nursing home or “granny Farm” as they are sometimes referred to. My friend was a nurse in one of these “establishments” and the stories she recounted concerning the standard of care and compassion, shown by some of the staff, were extremely upsetting. The elderly, poor souls, have paid taxes all their lives and what are they reduced to in their winter years as they are robbed of their savings, dignity and independence? Is this what we have to look forward to in God’s Waiting room?
Grumpies of the World Unite
Let’s put the pensioners in jail and the criminals in a nursing home.
This way the pensioners would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They’d receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they’d receive money instead of paying it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counselling, pool and education.
Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ’s and legal aid would be free, on request.
Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens.
Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.
The criminals would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay £600.00 per week for the privilege and have no hope of ever getting out.
Think about the above words…
What are the rights of the elderly and what is going to happen to our ageing population? I hear a lot of noise about the “Human Rights” of criminals and those who are awaiting trial, but what of the Human Rights of the elderly? Who is looking out for their rights?
This post is dedicated to my Mum.
The photo was attached to another joke email. Picture credit: Penny Parker