NRB: Warehousing the Elderly

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • Feb. 26, 2015
  • Joni's Posts, In the Media

Warehousing the ElderlyBesides thanking radio station managers here at NRB, I'm doing lots of interviews – mainly on the assisted suicide bills which have been introduced into various state assemblies across the US. But here's another story I'm talking about. In the UK, the elderly and disabled are being ‘put up for auction’ by local councils on ‘eBay-style’ websites, with care facilities then bidding to offer them a bed. The cheapest offer often wins. What’s so sad is, the decision about where an elderly person spends his final years is being made by a computer program that is only interested in cost. Please join me in praying that the sanctity of life will find its rightful place in our culture, safeguarding the elderly and those with disabilities!


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I was deeply saddened by this information. I have been doing homehealthcare for 20 years. I know that attitude toward elderly people has changed; I can see that by the way doctors,nurses and the system treats a generation that has contributed so much and is being disrespected, mistreated etc. We have to be a voice for them and stand up for this injustice. We will be there our selves and who will speak for us? For this reason I work for myself and try to be an influence to keep people at home. I love Toccoa Falls Radio and all the speakers and am encouraged by every single program
  • March 26, 2015
  • 5:02 a.m.
  • Heidi
My mother has resided in an assisted living facility since 2013. It's an absolutely beautiful place! I'm thanking God after reading this that my mother doesn't live in the UK. She is 86 years old now. Our elderly and disabled must be protected and treated with dignity and respect. Thank you, Joni, for sharing this.
  • March 6, 2015
  • 10:36 p.m.
  • Cheryl Paulson
Dear Lord, Please protect these dear elderly people that they would have the care for all their needs. That all otheir caregivers would be caring and loving for their specific needs. Oh Lord please protect them. In Jesus Name, Amen.
  • March 5, 2015
  • 11:06 p.m.
  • Gary Johnson
Wow, how far we have fallen that this is even a possibility. I remember 2005 when a woman's life was considered the property of her philandering "husband" Michael Schiavo. I am currently teaching at a nursing school where part of the accreditation process involves making sure students are "schooled" in "end of life" discussions with patients. Come Lord Jesus.
  • March 1, 2015
  • 8:03 p.m.
  • Laura Darden
My fam knows 'the system' first-hand 85+ years now, EU and USA. To successfully caregive or advocate, study decisively not emotionally, learn all the processes, befriend all govt depts + agencies, be guarded w/ all providers, and ... seek God's insights, promises, and processes - in His scriptures and in your prayer life.
  • Feb. 26, 2015
  • 2:41 p.m.
  • D.Hale
That is heartbreaking. I am doing all I can to keep my mom in her own home. How horrifying to think she could be placed by low bid if she were in the UK. It's frightening to think about the quality of low bid care.
  • Feb. 26, 2015
  • 11:51 a.m.
  • Patti
That breaks my heart. Without helpers, family and care takes we could be one of them. You must be exhausted going non stop Joni. Wanting to care about so many people there. Praying for strength upon strength with relief from pain.
  • Feb. 26, 2015
  • 11:37 a.m.
  • Theresa Schwartz