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Monday, July 8, 2019

Privately paid assisted living facilities are a booming business and getting bigger every day. They are advertised as senior communities with attractive architecture, fun activities and amenities galore. However, once you are familiar with this type of care, you become keenly aware of how much money is needed and how the costs increase with each additional level of assistance, which is not always discussed during admission. While the escalating costs are reluctantly understood, what is more disturbing is the quality of care that is, or is not, administered in these homes.

Unfortunately, the beautiful exterior and quality construction of the buildings can camouflage and hide the negligence and poor implementation of service at these facilities. As we know, appearances can be deceiving, and an aesthetically pleasing environment does not equal quality care for the residents. Perhaps more attention to better hiring practices of employees should be adhered? Of course, there is good and bad with everything in life, and there are many impressive things happening in these senior communities as well, that is recognized. However, too often, our infirmed loved ones are on the receiving end of negligent care paid for by their life’s earnings at an alarmingly increasing rate. Sometimes it only takes one bad experience to impact a life. Visiting your loved ones on a regular basis and being observant about their care is welcomed and needed.

I’m reminded of the lyrics to the song “What Good Am I?” by Bob Dylan; “What good am I, if I see and don’t say, if I know and don’t do, if I turn a deaf ear, laugh in the face of what sorrow brings, and I just turn my back while you silently die, what good am I?” Hopefully, compassion and love is what everyone aspires to in this life.

Rebecca Hamill

Winterville

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