When You Find Yourself Physically Impaired, Which Will You Choose?

We are all only temporarily able-bodied. You will grow old. Unless a car accident, unexpected diagnosis, or a wood-tick get you first.

Someone in your family has likely already experienced one of the following. Ask them how they feel about this comparison.

Nursing Home

Prison

Institutional Incarceration for Mobility Impairment Criminal Incarceration with a Mobility Impairment
  • 1 caregiver to 10 clients
  • Often wait Hours for Help, Bath once / week, etc.
  • Impersonal, Typically Terrible Quality of Care
  • Nursing Home responsible to buy wheelchair. Purchases inexpensive $300 sling seat used manual wheelchair.
  • Wheelchair unusable to quadriplegics and higher level of needs means sentence of solitary confinement in bed.
  • History of younger disabled who haven't been out of bed in 2 years. Van to local mall, etc. maybe once per week.
  • NO Release Date
  • ALL Income and Assets are Taken by home or state in collaboration
  • Individual or family pays $75,000 to $200,000
  • Push medications to sedate.
  • Restrict access to power wheelchairs preferring to push resident in a manual chair as they are easier to control and monitor.
  • One-to-one personal care
  • Caregiver is always there, plenty of time available.
  • Personal, Typically Good to Excellent Quality of Care.
  • Prison/State responsible to purchase wheelchair. Purchases quality $3,000-$50,000 new power wheelchair.
  • Freedom to move around prison and and outdoor yard while interacting with other prisoners.
  • Possible daily work/community release programs
  • Set Release Date
  • Able to keep Assets and more Income (if smart about choice of crime committed)*
  • FREE to individual, society pays $19,000 to $39,000 (2015 avg)
  • Strongly restricted against using medications that sedate.
  • Restricting access to a power wheelchair would be considered excessive, unfair restriction/punishment Forcing someone into a manual chair they could not independently maneuver over