Sunday, January 5, 2014
On December 31 2013 we visited an elder home. Before we arrived I was anticipating a enclosed building similar to what we have in the United States. When we finally arrived I was shocked to see this was not the case. Everything was so open, it looked like a little village. The sleeping areas were separate from the eating areas, and all of the buildings were open. We did get a chance to visit with the elders. They all seemed so happy and appreciative. We learned that many of the elders living in this facility may have been previously homeless or very poor.
It would be nice to one day introduce some of these ideas into nursing homes in the United States. I know we can't have the total openness because of weather and safety, but giving the residents more freedom would probably make the residents feel more at home.