dear Paul, this is disastrous, and I can well and truly vouch for this when my dear Mum was in a nursing home for at least 13 years, where every year she unfortunately got worse and was highly depressed.
She knew what she was in for once she got there, and was depressed from day one until she passed away, but didn't receive any mental health assistance, so how can a lady with all the charm and grace want to throw the ball around with other residents when all she wanted was to die, because she had no reason to live even though her children and ocassionally grand children visited her, it was pure hell for her, but not one qualified person went to see her except for her doctor, she needed help.
Not only was Mum depressed but it was full of other residents who lost the will to live because they too were all depressed, so it was depressing going to see her, no matter how much I loved her, I went because that's what my wife (ex) insisted upon.
It's sad when you have other residents who are crying out for help but no one pays any attention to them, so they are given a pill to quiten them down and go to sleep, that's not a life, and that's not how we should treat them, and remember some or most of these people may have entered the nursing home already suffering from depression.
We used to take Mum out but her reaction was just a pretence to how she was feeling, so what has now happened is that the government have just pushed these people aside, wishing that they didn't have to pay for the extra costs to contribute for keeping them alive.
If only euthanasia was made legal I would help Mum not to have to suffer any longer, and I would do it with all my love to safe her from misery, because I loved her. Geoff.