I was reading a Channel NewsAsia article earlier this month about how a nursing home in Tokyo promotes independence in their residents. This concept is good for the seniors living there as it helps them regain their dignity and mobility.
But seeing the word ‘diapers’ in the title should have prepared me for the emphasis about it in the article.
Like how the article quotes how diapers are taken off when the resident first arrives. Sounds like a kindergarten removing a kid’s diaper. I found that sentence very iffy, but maybe that’s cos I’m an ABDL.
And how ‘other’ nursing homes use laxatives to manage constipation, resulting in diarrhoea in which diapers are used to contain it. Somehow I feel that this is a general statement, too general to reflect what’s really happening. Because you don’t use diapers just to manage bowel incontinence, they are used to control day and nighttime wetting too. I feel that the ‘poop is shocking’ factor was deployed here.
But what the article definitely got right was the part where seniors find it embarrassing to wear diapers. One’s bodily functions often remind us of our humanness and when another person has to take control of it, we feel that we lose that humanness. They could have mentioned it more in detail.
I think that this nursing home is on the right path, and it is something that the Singapore government can push nursing homes here to emulate. With the first such centre opening in a few years, it is the right step in caring for our pioneer generation.
As for this article, while it did sensationalise the diaper segment, it did a pretty good job in reporting some of the struggles faced by a resident of nursing homes.