According to a recent Chicago Tribune report, nursing homes are evicting their most challenging residents in large numbers. Complaints and lawsuits across the U.S. have increased about 57% since 2000 in regards to evictions.
The poor and those suffering from dementia are the greatest at risk.People with dementia require more attention and trained personnel.The nursing homes claim the discharges are lawful and necessary to protect other residents.They also cannot survive without funding, and public aide is just not enough.
The care for individuals with dementia is a massive issue as 5.3 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. So in addition to those with Alzheimer’s, there also is a significant number with other forms of dementia and all those yet to be diagnosed. It’s believed that Alzheimer’s is developing in the brain for 10-20 years before symptoms become undeniable. And every one of these people eventually require at least three to five caregivers.
Such care is expensive. An estimated $226 billion is spent on Alzheimer’s care each year. And there is another $18 billion in unpaid care–where people such as myself cared for a loved one at home losing personal income and additions to pensions and social security. Families run out of money quickly, and hence cannot pay for care or their own personal expenses when caregiving.
A cure for Alzheimer’s is needed now. There is not enough money or caregivers to cover the long-living number of baby boomers approaching this segment of the population in need of extensive care.
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