|When there were "no old folks homes"||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mary English (mary.englishhsc.utah.edu)|
|Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:54:56 -0800 (PST)|
Sorry to disagree about the accuracy in your statement below, but being in my 7th decade, I can certain remember the 'county farms' in towns in California where the old gentlemen went to stay when families could not keep them or take care of them. It really would be a farm and the residents, if they were able, helped care for the cows, chickens, gardens, etc. To my child's eyes it seemed a wonderful place with the chairs and tables sitting in the dirt under the trees while they played checkers, listened to the radio, whittled amazing toys for the visiting children, and found me a kitten from the barn to play with while the grownups visited. Today I suppose you would call it a homeless shelter for seniors and disabled, or a precursor to a "rest home". So in the "old days" not everyone lived at home with a family until death, or may have already lost their children in the flu epidemic or their sons in the wars. (both WWI and during WWII) Unfortunately today's nursing homes are not that very simple, but peaceful,l 'county farm' but they did exist. Mary English Statement . In the “old days” when there were no “old folks homes” or “rest homes” (forerunners to nursing homes) families kept their own until they died. This is the ideal. Stay in the family.
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