Oops, 7 Days. Hey look I don't update on weekends.

Congress enriching nursing home owners

http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/CollegeandFamily/Caringforparents/P140370.asp#msnhp

Has anyone had to deal with this? It's almost criminal - nursing homes cost a fortune, but medicare won't lift a finger until every penny of the person's assets is gone, and they're vicious about it (my aunt gave me some stock before going into a home, and the state came after me for it).

My bitch isn't so much about the state, but the cost of nursing homes - I just don't get where the money goes. Most of them don't even have a doctor on staff, and many don't have a nurse - they're just tiny condos with a small extra maintenance staff...

Can someone enlighten me? Tell me that I'm misunderstanding the expenses of running such a place and nobody's actually getting rich off the elderly...

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 24th, 2006
Supply and demand. No one else wants to take care of them. I'm not sure the costs are related to anything more then that.
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
I have a friend that works as a nurse in the US and has worked in a number of nursing homes and she could certainly tell you that the money doesn't go in nursing wages.
Permalink Simon Lucy 
January 24th, 2006
That's true, and unfortunate, since the low pay often results in neglect or abuse. Nursing homes are truely sad places.
Permalink Phil 
January 24th, 2006
LOTS of neglect and abuse in nursing homes. My mother in law works in a nursing home and I can't BELIEVE the stories I hear out of there.
Permalink Mark Warner 
January 24th, 2006
Adult children should be ashamed for dumping their parents in such places. Fucking Me generation.
Permalink Spinoza 
January 24th, 2006
Blame two-income families, where neither adult is home during the day to take care of elderly parents. Or children.
Permalink example 
January 24th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

Other topics: January, 2006 Other topics: January, 2006 Recent topics Recent topics