A really sad documentary
February 16, 2019 6:10am CST
Some days ago I watched an old documentary from my country. A journalist worked in a group home for people with special needs and wore a hidden camera. A lot of unacceptable things happened there. One of the residents wore the same diaper for 14 hours and the bed was soaked in urine when the resident finally left the bed. When the exployees arrived in the morning they spent between 2 or 4 hours without the residents. They had breakfast and watched tv before they helped the residents get out of bed The employees often ignored the residents, and when they spoke to them they often yelled at them instead of speaking to them in a respectful way. They also punished the residents if the residents didn't behave the way the employees wanted them to behave. It was shocking and heartbreaking to see the way the exployees behaved After the video was published some of the employees were fired. That is not surprising, because their behaviour was completely unaccepable. Most of the residents weren't able to speak, so they couldn't tell other people about the abuse.
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@fluffy69 Unfortunately this also happens in other countries and other places in my country..I have read some stories about nursing homes in my country, and some of them are shocking. When my great-grandfather lived in a nursing home he also met employees who shouldn't have had that kind of job. One of them yelled at him because he asked for help.
• Zagreb, Croatia (Hrvatska)
Reading it, I was hoping this was some weird experiment, like that general one, when people divide into 2 teams; playing prisoners and playing guards. This is horrible. I get it that people get tired of their jobs and can't always serve the people from day one but, to shout, and leave them to be in a horrible state, that's not a human thing to do.
I know the prison experiment you mentioned. It would have been less horrible if this group for people with special needs was only an experiment. I makes me very sad to know that the residents were treated that way. They depend on help, and they were ignored and abused. Fortunately some of the employees have been fired since the program was shown on tv.
I agree I know that it wasn't an easy job for him. He was always afraid that some of the other employees would discover the camera, but fortunately that didn't happen, and in the end some people were fired because he was able to show what actually happened there.