Family and resident are "encouraged" to use a wheelchair.
Family members who are concerned may follow suggestions to "remove the walker" as "that's the problem".
Family visits occasionally but relies on "professional staff" for direction and "oversight".
Many Long Term Care residences do not have the time or the staff to "assist" residents and most families do not have the financial ability to augment and hire outside caregiver believing "the facility" is supposed to provide ALL services -- especially when costs are at $6,000+ per month/per resident for the "basic provisions".
The rest move in and move on but few ever return to "outside living" because this is not a place to "rehab", this is not a place to "strengthen".
This is a place to sit, to stay and to come and go when you're told.
Some once highly capable, independent people, become social manipulators and users of people to ensure they maintain a semblance of autonomy until the time when their body and their mind no longer can assert themselves.
Like children and pets who want to "please" they come, they remain seated and they stay where they're told.
It's not a life any of us want for ourselves.
It's a life many are in and deserve better!