Saturday, August 30, 2008

This morning I am deeply disturbed after reading an article in the paper about nursing home aides who abused residents with dementia. I am so angry about this that I can't get it out of my head. The most upsetting part? They did this to 'make their job more fun'. I could spit I'm so angry. I think that not only should these individuals be prosecuted, but they should also have to register as sex offenders for the rest of their lives. These individuals were teenage girls. If any of them should ever cross my path I don't know how I could contain my rage and not beat the shit out of them! And there we have it, the stigma that people with dementia are not human. But they are. And they are someone's wife, husband, mother, father or grandparent. They are loved by someone who remembers them as a vital member of a family. I keep looking at my mom and wanting to cry thinking that someone could do this to her. I would fight them to the death if they did.


~Betsy said...

Some people are just sick - no other way to describe it. But there are less of them than you would imagine. Unfortunately, the good care takers and aids aren't written about. Just the bad ones. I think I would beat the shit out of the bad ones, too.

rilera said...

You're right Betsy. Sometimes I wonder if people like this were raised by wolves. But then wolves would probably do a better job and raise more caring individuals. Again I am so grateful for the love and care that Mom's caregivers give to her. We are so lucky.