There are many stereotypes surrounding elder care and nursing facilities. Before we talk about the most common examples, it’s best to define stereotype. Stereotype is “any commonly known public belief about a certain social group or a type of individual.” The media industry tends to give nursing homes a negative stereotype by portraying them as depressing and abusive. These stereotypes can give the public a negative outlook and opinion on these homes, especially if a person has never visited one. In rare cases, some of the stereotypes may be accurate, but the majority of nursing facilities are opposite of what people assume.
The media and entertainment industry tend to portray nursing facilities as being depressing because they show them as a place for people to go and die, which isn’t true. It may be hard to envision a close loved one somewhere other than his or her home, but in most cases a nursing facility is what’s best for the family member. Elders keep busy with many activities throughout the day and company is always welcome to join. There are always people around which makes the environment more lively than living at home alone. Plus trained staff are around to provide assistance when needed.
If you’ve never walked into a nursing home, you probably assume they smell bad, which is actually the opposite. Nursing homes tend to smell clean and sterile. In order to keep a safe and germ-free environment for the residents, employees use sanitizers and cleaners throughout the day. Bathrooms and shower areas are cleaned on a regular basis, as are tables, chairs and other surface areas that receive heavy contact.
One of the worst stereotypes about nursing homes is that they’re abusive. Contrary to belief and what is played out in the media, most of the employees that work in a nursing facility love their job and their field of work. When people like what they do, they create a positive and fun environment for people around them. People who care for the elder also tend to be caring, compassionate and patient people which radiates onto people living in the communities.
While there are stereotypes that surround elder care and nursing facilities, it’s important to keep in mind that the majority of them are inaccurate. Nursing facilities are a safe and loving environment for your loved ones where they will feel right at home.