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Yesterday I received a comment about this blog from a person self-identified as a “Licensed Nursing Home Administrator”. I knew her overall comment would irritate me when I read just the first two (of the many) sentences she wrote, “Yes, there are nursing homes that could improve the quality of care they provide. I find the articles here to represent the misinformation out there about nursing homes.” 

Here are my thoughts in response to two sentences clearly written with the intention to promote DENIAL of nursing home REALITY.

To say that “there are nursing homes that could improve the quality of the care they provide” is a gross understatement of REALITY. An accurate statement would have begun with something to the effect that “It is a national embarrassment and disgrace that MOST nursing homes provide substandard care of their residents — primarily caused by a culture of corporate greed that insists on dangerously low staffing of nurses and nurses aides.” There. Much better. If you are the family member of a nursing home resident (let alone a nursing home resident yourself) you know this is the truth. To state anything less is spin. Oops…to state anything less is dishonest. Really now…to state anything less is a lie.

When I first read that the nursing home administrator believes “the articles” (actually they are more like essays, along with news and commentary through my related Twitter feed that’s posted on the left side of each page) on NursingHomeReality represents “the misinformation out there about nursing homes” I laughed out loud! Your Attention Please: The name of this blog is Nursing Home REALITY, not Nursing Home Spin or Nursing Home Deception or Nursing Home Public Relations-Generated Lies! You see, as it’s name implies, this blog is dedicated to telling the TRUTH about the REALITY of nursing homes.

TRUTH about the neglect, abuse and criminal harm done to nursing home residents by their caregivers and management. TRUTH about the abusive treatment suffered by family members and friends when they dare confront (let alone report) the REALITY of their loved one’s nursing home nightmare.

“Nursing Home Apologists” can spin all they want. But the TRUTH is that the REALITY they are actively trying to deny WILL be found out eventually and REFORM of the nursing home industry WILL take place. The liars have nowhere to hide. Denial of reality is toxic and will come to an end.

Those who have read this blog many times over the past few years know that I’ve never portrayed all nursing home staff members as being abusive, neglectful or dishonest. Those, like the “Licensed Nursing Home Administrator” this post is responding to, would have you believe that this blog portrays everyone involved in the nursing home industry as being evil. Many are to be sure (just look at the NEWS HEADLINES in my Twitter feed!). While others are loving, caring and give 110% to the nursing home residents entrusted to them. Claiming that we have published otherwise is just another LIE designed to confuse you about our mission and content. Interestingly some of the most critical comments about nursing homes published here were NOT written by me, but rather were penned by actual nurses, nurses aides and administrators (and other staff) who have worked in the industry and know personally what shameful things take place in nursing homes.

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