Outsourcing nursing home patients.
- 0Dec 21, '07 by Jo DirtFaced with the impossible financial burden of a US nursing home, more families are opting to send their family members who need nursing home care to foreign countries like Mexico and India. I'm just wondering if anyone is familiar with this? We aren't talking metal cots and no air conditioning, the facilities (I've read) provide modern amenities and the care is said to be better than the care you can get at most nursing homes in the US, at $15 to $50 a day.
- 0Dec 21, '07 by TheCommuter, ASN, RN Senior ModeratorI presently work at a nursing home. A private room costs $6,900 monthly at my workplace, and a semi-private room costs $4,600 per month. I'm sure that most middle-aged adults in America could not afford to cough up these healthcare costs by the time they become elderly, sick, frail, and unable to care for themselves any further.
- 0Dec 21, '07 by Lovely_RNI wouldn't want to put my parents in a foreign nursing home.
Who is going to regulate these facilities and what recourse will the families have in cases of neglect or abuse? The distance is also a factor, I can't imagine leaving one of my parents in a foreign country!
This sounds like a dumping ground for old people.
- 4Dec 21, '07 by caliotter3Don't know which is worse, dumping them in a nursing home in the US, if they can even get a bed, or dumping them overseas. I guess out of sight, out of mind works in each case. Only one scenario is less taxing on the pocketbook.
- 0Dec 21, '07 by Midwest4meI've NOT heard of this recent trend but can see how the dramatic cost difference would be an appealing factor. Speaking from vast past work experience in that environment, I know that nursing homes ARE dumping grounds with the few exceptions of short physical therapy rehab periods. Sadly, it's usually the last home for folks. To opt for a foreign facility adds further insult to these folks.
- 1Dec 22, '07 by Valerie SalvaQuote from ingeleinHere you go-WHAAATT??!! Next we will be outsourcing our kids to China for daycare.They get to come home for holidays.
- 0Dec 22, '07 by psalmQuote from Valerie Salva
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