Skip to comments.'Cave Man' Causes Trouble For Nursing Home (Ex-Cave Dweller Refuses To Wash, Raises Stink)
Posted on 01/20/2008 5:02:02 PM PST by DogByte6RER
'Cave man' causes trouble for nursing home
A 54-year-old Norwegian man who once lived in a cave and refuses to wash is now creating a health risk at an Oslo nursing home, claim its operators. A local court has ruled, however, that he can't be forced to keep himself clean.
A lawyer for the so-called "cave man" (long known as hulemannen in Oslo) told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) on Friday that his client was "relieved and very satisfied" by the court ruling in his favour.
"He has waited a long time, and can now finally decide over his own body," lawyer Nils Nordhus told NRK.
Nordhus' client studied physics at the University of Oslo when he was evicted from a student housing complex in the late 1970s. His lifestyle and complete disregard for personal hygiene has always made him smell extremely foul, and other people have a hard time being around him.
He moved into a cave near the tramway tracks running adjacent to the University of Oslo's campus at Blindern. He also spent several years living in a pile of garbage near the Blindern tram stop, and authorities pretty much let him be.
Now 54, and suffering from the effects of his chosen lifestyle, he needs medical care. He was admitted to a public nursing home in Oslo's St Hanshaugen district and staff there forced him to wash.
The 54-year-old adamantly objected to his forced washings and sued the city, which runs the nursing home. He won, with the court saying the city can't care for him against his will.
Nursing home officials maintain that he still poses a risk of infection for other residents and staff of the nursing home, and that sores on his limbs must be cleaned and treated.
Respect, up to a point
Sylvi Listhaug, the city official ultimately in charge of social services, said she respects nursing home residents' rights to make their own lifestyle decisions. "But there must be a limit when those decisions affect other people, like staff at the nursing home and other residents there," Listhaug said.
It remains unclear what will happen now. Nordhus is demanding that the city transfer him "to a more appropriate place," but he seemed at a loss to say where that might be.
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Perhaps the city dump would be a suitable place.
Or...maybe the court magistrate should be kind enough to provide this stinky caveman a guest room at his home?
Dirty Old Cave Man Ping
Let My People Go!
He could go live with the smelly Skunk Apes (Bigfoot type creatures) found in the South.
I second the motion for sending him to live with the court magistrate.
Stick him back in his cave and forget about him.
54 is awfully young to need a nursing home. He obviously hasn't learned his nasty lifestyle was what put him a nursing home in the first place. High time he grew up and started acting like a responsible adult.
That should be an option anytime these brain dead judges make these kind of brain dead decisions.
In the welfare town we used to live in, the house next door smelled so bad that you couldn't stand downwind of it without gagging. Human filth has a stench of it's own. I'd take a barnyard over it ANY day.
If he wants to live like that, it is his own business, but he can't expect everyone else to just put up with it.
I guess they could send a visiting nurse to the cave if he'd prefer living like that.
My dad had the solution.
An elder brother once refused Mom's orders to take a bath.
Dad stripped him & put him in the tub.
That accomplished, my brother folded his arms, and said, "but you can't make me wash!"
Dad told him he didn't have to wash, and proceded to take the the big bristle scrub brush and lye soap to him. It didn't take long before there were screams, of "Stop! I'll wash! I'll wash!"
The rest of us had been observing the whole thing, just to see how it would go down. That was almost 60 years ago, and my brother hasn't stopped washing yet, and neither have the rest of us. LOL
That is what this guy needed, at about the same age my brother was.
How old was your brother then?
I’ll take him on. I’ve bathed fellas caked in stale urine and poo and hair all over.
He was 5-ish. And stubborn.
He’s mentally ill. Filth and disease is not a “lifestyle choice” it is anti-social and self-destructive. He needs medication, hygiene, and treatment, and the judge needs a lobotomy.
I’ll help. I’ve cleaned up my share of ‘finger painters’, too.
When I worked as an aide, I learned fast that the worst thing I could ever do was take a break, leaving a nurse ‘watching’ a 1:1 care confused or isolated patient I was asigned to.
Even the wild prophet John the Baptist took a dip in the river every once in awhile.
Maybe this cave man is anabaptist.
Perhaps a mental institution might be more in the line of what is needed than a nursing home. Anyone who lives in a cave, a pile of garbage, and refuses to practice even basic hygiene obviously has some psychiatric issues.