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Old 02-03-2009, 01:50 AM   #1
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My company does a lot of work in a local nursing home. One of our electricians is there 3/4 of the time. Sometimes he needs help, and for the last week or so, I have been working there as well.
It's not the first time I've helped out there, and frankly the work is usually gravy work- easy stuff, but I digress.

I have seen enough in my time there to know that I NEVER, under any circumstances, want to be a resident at one of these places The residents are so incredibly lonely and sad, I feel awful for them. If I am ever faced with having to live there, well, I'm gonna find a shorter route to the ol' dirt nap.

What do you guys think?
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:53 AM   #2
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This may be for the debate thread

I'm not concerned myself...I can't afford a nursing home and I'll probably be dead long before that needs to happen anyway.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:56 AM   #3
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I plan on a much more dramatic death.
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Old 02-03-2009, 01:59 AM   #4
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Well as part of my training in ministry I did 10 weeks as a chaplain in a hospital in Kansas city that was also attached to a nursing home, so I spent an equal time in training on that side, and I know what you mean..

Both my parents had to go into nursing homes to recover from their falls, and my father was pretty much almost officially peramently committed to one but he died instead...they are not pleasant places by any means...but despite the horror stories we hear (especially what happened during Katrina) there are some amazing people who work in them as well....

People are saying that as the baby boomers get to that age, they are going to change drastically...because the babyboomers when they are residents won't stand for a lot of the same stuff they subjected THEIR parent to...We will see..

I figure I am probably going to be alone the rest of my life, and end up in one...Hopefully...well....
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:01 AM   #5
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I hope not. A nice senior community maybe, but if I ever get to the point where I am a burden on someone, I hope that the death with dignity laws are in place. (Totally another debate, and I don't agree with them in all cases). On the same note, I hope that I raise my kids in a way that they won't mind having drooling, pooping Dad around for a few years before they off me.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:02 AM   #6
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Me, I saw grandma go nuts in one. I personally will torture my children for free. At least I will have constant company, if they want it or not.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:08 AM   #7
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I figure I am probably going to be alone the rest of my life, and end up in one...Hopefully...well....
You and me both, Rev.........
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:09 AM   #8
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I was institutionalized for 30 days in an inpatient hospital, then another 9 months in another 'group home'

That short amount of time when I was young sucked ass, and was rather lonely. I couldnt imagine having to know that the last of my days would be spent in a place like that.

If they had the gumball machines filled with viagra, I *might* reconsider... But then again being surrounded by folk trying to keep me alive for the sole purpose of milking my insurance/life savings... **** that...

Honestly, as much as it saddens me for my daughter, I dont think I will live long enough for that to happen.
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Old 02-03-2009, 02:17 AM   #9
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I plan to OD on homebrew before that happens.

 
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:09 AM   #10
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I say we pool our resources and open a Home for aging brewers (and I don't mean baseball). That way we all have something in common and something to do. That's what kills people is the feeling of no longer meaning anything to anyone, no sense of purpose.
Some "assisted living facilities" are okay. They have planned activities, housekeeping, 3 meals/day and people in your same situation. It's the gomer homes that are depressing.

 
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