'Just on the heels of reports that nursing home residents are inappropriately drugged into oblivion by antipsychotics – new reports have surfaced about the abysmal condition of the food given to people in their golden years. It is reportedly worse than that of prisoners…and even guinea pigs when the cost of the food is considered.
That is to say that all three meals for nursing home residents in Australia average $6.08 for the entire day. The news was dubbed as a “national disgrace.” While this revelation alone is enough to make anyone shudder, consider that the nursing home industry reaps in at least $1 billion dollars annually in Australia.
Keep in mind that symptoms of malnutrition can mirror those of dementia which would beg the question of whether residents are being misdiagnosed or drugged for symptoms that are actually food deprivation. A more sinister thing to ponder is whether food withholding is a slower form of end-of-life treatment.
Australian pensioners are fed on just $6 a day, according to shocking new statistics which the AMA president has called a “national disgrace”.
The “wholly inadequate’’ sum of money is less than Australian prisoners get for their meals and medical chief Michael Gannon says more money is spent on his guinea pigs’ food.
“My children’s guinea pigs get fresh ingredients and more money spent on them,’’ AMA President, Mr Gannon told the Courier-Mail. “It’s a national disgrace the way we treat our aged.”
The study, by Bond University dietitian Cherie Hugo and accountants Stewart Brown, shows that nursing homes spend only an average of $6.08 per resident to provide three meals a day. It also proved that prisons spend an average of $8.25 per prisoner per day on food.'
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