What We Do
National Support Information
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Get Involved, Volunteer
Learn how to start an outreach
program to help seniors, nursing home residents and adults and
children with disabilities.
We need wheelchairs, adaptive
equipment, other items and tax-deductible cash donations to help
more elderly, disabled, & children.
Nursing Home Neglect -
A Growing National Crisis
Increasingly, our nation's growing
population of elderly and disabled have difficulty meeting their
basic needs. Even when it does not rise to the level of elder abuse
in nursing homes, this nursing home neglect by family and friends who do
not visit dramatically impact the quality of life of the residents. This
problem has its roots in multiple causes.
Some Causes and Considerations
- Extended family care available in the past is now largely
- We all live longer now. People who would have died in the past are
now saved through the miracle of modern medicine. The result: Exponential growth in our nation's population of elderly and disabled.
- The past extended family care model has been replaced with the
institutionalized Nursing Home model. Dr. William Thomas who
established the very successful EDEN
ALTERNATIVE believes that the current model is outdated and needs
to be discarded and redefined.
We agree. Too often today's Nursing Homes are less than pleasant
places to live. Because of difficult budget constraints, understaffing
is common and even the best of staff and aids are pressed to the point
of being unable to provide adequate service. Some Nursing Homes have
aptly been labeled, "Orphanages for the Elderly and Disabled".
Considering the sterile, mini hospital like environment that many
over-medicated residents must live in, such labeling might not be too
far off the mark.
- America now has more than 17,000 Nursing Homes with close to 2
million residents. Within 30 years, 3 million more are expected. At best, changing the current model will be difficult and will take
years to accomplish.
In the meantime, our Bridge of Hope Outreach will
continue to help fill the Growing need.
HELP us build and extend our vision?
Together, we can make a difference!