Monday, December 21, 2015

Nursing home employees take abusive pictures of residents and put them on social media, to the horror of families

Charles Orenstein has a disturbing story extracted from ProPublica in the Washington Post, “Abusive photos on social media pose rising threat to nursing home patients”.  There are two original stories on ProPublica, one specifically about abuse of Snapchat (where "messages disappear all by themselves," as Hillary Clinton brags) and  and a more general story about inappropriate use of social media.

The photos were often degrading with nudity, and they show the practical difficulties families face when placing elders in nursing homes, even at $8000 a month.  In home care, which for my mother ended with her passing at the end of 2010, tends to cost about $12000 a month with agencies.  My mother did receive poor care in an SNF after her initial coronary bypass surgery in the late 1990s.

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