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Nursing Home Ghost Stories
Nursing home ghosts and their stories are legendary.  Many people who have worked
within nursing homes have stories surrounding the deaths of patients and ghostly

Recently, a relative of mine who works at a nursing home, shared an interesting custom
specific to the place she works.  After a resident passes, they will often open a window in
order to symbolically free the spirit of the recently deceased.  I thought that was interesting.

Some nursing home stories tell of animals, such as a resident cat or dog, that will
instinctively notify workers of those who are about to expire.  Often times, such animals will
comfort the dying patient before they leave this world behind.  How do they know what is
about to happen, sometimes better than nurses and doctors?
Most nursing home ghost stories tell of
disembodied humans witnessed within the
facility.  But, what makes nursing homes such
a popular place to see ghosts?  We can only
surmise that the answer is the same for
hospitals: many die within their walls.  Does
this mean that ghosts are trapped within
hospitals and nursing homes?  No, but it
likely that people who pass within hospitals
and health care facilities may be disoriented
due to failing health, mental disorders or
even medication.
Could it be possible that some ghosts might not be aware that their body no longer exists,
walking around as if in a dream?  Or, do some ghosts remain behind due to unfinished
business, attachment to a caregiver
or resident, or maybe some other emotional trauma?  
We are sure that the reasons vary, but one thing is for c
ertain: Nursing homes have their
fair share of ghosts stories!

One particular ghost story from a nursing home worker does indeed point to mental
instability as possibly being the cause of some ghosts experienced, for his experience
took place within an Alzheimer's - Dementia ward of the assisted living facility.  While
working the ward alone, he would often experience movement out of the corners of his
eyes.  Nurse call lights would often go off in rooms that were unoccupied by patients.  One
room in particular seemed to have the nurse call light going off consistently.  After it
became bothersome, the caregiver accompanied by other nurses decided to check the
room out together.  When they entered, they immediately noticed the room was much
colder than normal.  After turning off the call light, they noticed the cupboard doors in the
room were opening!  Needless to say all nurses left the room promptly...

Another nursing home ghost story, a worker recalls hearing tales of residents being
beaten by the facility workers.  That was odd in itself, for she found it hard to be true.  A
few days later, she was working and heard patients screaming.  As she walked down the
hallway and searched the rooms, she could not find anything out of order, but yet the eerie
screams persisted, coming from the hallways itself!  Many times, this same worker would
see ethereal people walking the halls, sometimes disappearing right into the walls!  
These experiences seemed to occur mostly at night.  One particular patient told of being
beaten and suffocated.  When the worker checked on her the next day, she had died while
having trouble breathing.  One day, another resident, who was incapable of getting out of
his chair himself, was found hanging by his neck.  Were angry ghosts responsible for both
of their deaths?

Many times, nursing home ghost stories are not believed by newly-hired caregivers.  From
the ghost stories we have read, many of them become quick believers.  The nurse call
light going off in unoccupied rooms at hospitals and nursing homes is probably the most
common, ghostly phenomena reported.  It happens so frequently at some places, that
caregivers will typically enter the room, acknowledge the room's former occupant who
recently departed, letting them know that their body has died.  Reports are that this usually
works quite well. Perhaps, the ghost simply wanted acknowledged - verification that their
body has died and that they are not in a dream.  By receiving confirmation, it is likely that
the person understands that they are indeed alright (as a spirit without a body) and can
move on in peace.
Other ghostly phenomena that is considered quite common would be feeling, hearing and even smelling former
patients.  Of course, cold spots and sightings of patients' spirits are also reported.

In Oslo, it was reported in the news that a Norwegian
haunted nursing home's ghost story became quite public.  
The ghost of an old nurse has been seen so often, that staff and patients were very frightened and a priest was
called in to help with the haunting.  The nurse has made her presence so strong that even her scent remains
behind.  And, she is not the only ghost haunting this nursing home, for other ghostly apparitions have been spotted
within its walls.  Reports of two old ladies who ask if everything is alright, along with the sighting of a little boy ghost
are part of this nursing home's legacy. The ghosts are not considered to be threatening, but still patients and
caregivers are quite shaken by the encounters. Also See: Hospital Ghosts

Want to read an interesting nursing home ghost story?  
Read: Ghost Cat Story

Yes, ghosts in nursing homes are a common occurrence.  The next time you get the chance, ask a nurse or
caregiver to share some of their "odd" stories with you.  They may not believe in ghosts, but I am sure they will
have a story or two of some strange occurrences!  Read: Patient Sees Spirits Ghost Story

- LC
Angels & Ghosts!
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