tubThe Bathtub Test


During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, “How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an nursing home?”


“Well,” he said, “we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person and ask them to empty the bathtub.”




“Oh, I understand,” I said.  “A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup.”


“No” he said. “A normal person would pull the plug.  Do you want a bed near the window?”


The Bathtub Test
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