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The Scandalous Use Of Feeding Tubes In Nursing Homes

By Jack Halpern, CEO, My Elder Advocate Imbedded in today’s nursing home culture is a practice that has, unfortunately, been notoriously associated with elder abuse. Nationwide, many nursing home residents with advanced cognitive impairments are tube fed (up to 35 percent, according to some studies), despite no demonstrated benefits of such an intervention in this population. Feeding tube abuse in …