As We Are Now
The story is a work of fiction focusing on the life of Caroline Spenser, a 76 year old woman who, after suffering from a heart attack, is taken to Twin Elms Nursing Home to live …show more content…
As Caroline mentioned to the Pastor “… it was because of Standish in Pain he face the wall. I heard him begging them to see the doctor”…. Harriet responded “You are not in pain. You’re just stubborn, throw your medicine away, won’t eat. If you are in pain, it’s all your fault”. (Sarton, 1973) This treatment contributed to his depressive mood which exacerbated his medical condition further creating an environment of hopelessness and helplessness.
Aging is a normal phase of human growth and development which results in numerous physical, cognitive, psychological, social and emotional challenges for people. The readers become emotionally enveloped as Caroline forces us to anticipate our own futures and contemplate our own feelings around enduring such treatment. Elderly clients experience the decline in physical and mental abilities such as reduced stamina and decreased cognitive ability. Nursing homes do not acknowledge these losses in clients which lead clients to feeling misunderstood and lost without the appropriate outlets to grieve. Most nursing homes caring for the elderly are inefficient in creating an environment of empathy, unconditional positive regard, and emotional support. As a result, many of the clients suffer in silence through being subjected to emotional neglect.
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