Younger Patients Ending Up in Nursing Homes

The Washington Post is out with an interesting article about a growing national trend – younger patients are ending up in nursing homes. According to the article, approximately one in seven nursing home residents in the United States is under the age of 65, a number that has grown significantly just in the last eight years. This development has raised all kinds of issues for the nursing homes that take these younger patients like Adam Martin, at 26-year-old quadriplegic who is living in a nursing home.

“It’s just a depressing place to live,” Martin says. “I’m stuck here. You don’t have no privacy at all. People die around you all the time. It starts to really get depressing because all you’re seeing is negative, negative, negative.”

Older residents have their own issues with it as well, and frequently complain about loud music and rowdy visitors. And while most nursing homes try to house younger residents together, new steps are being taken to address this growing problem.

To read the entire Washington Post story click here.

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