When my dad had to put my grandfather in a nursing home, I thought it was going to be good for him. He needed constant care and attention that none of us could give him at the time.
We promised him it would only be temporary, so he obliged to stay at a nursing home nearby our house. I can still remember the first day I went to visit him. It had been a week since I last saw him, and tears welled up in his eyes.
My dad and I asked him what’s wrong, and he just said he missed us. We later learned that those tears weren’t just because he missed us, but because he hated it there.
How could I have been so oblivious to notice that he was upset? The place had the same vibe as a morgue, and the staff weren’t so gentle to the elderly people who didn’t have their family visiting them. Ever since that experience, nursing homes have left a bad taste in my mouth.
Coming across a recent viral video of a nursing home employee abusing an elderly man on a wheelchair who was recovering from surgery simply shattered my heart. How can something so awful go unnoticed?
I’m glad this secret camera footage has been released, because it’s about time that we do something about this ongoing issue in our country.
Here’s Hussein Younes’s devastating story: