Instead of accepting aggressive behaviors as normal, facilities would be wise to approach then as anomalies that can and should be addressed.
It might be a surprise to some, but social workers will pay for themselves — as in bring in enough revenue to cover the cost of their salaries.
Dealing with extensive regulations, reimbursement challenges, elaborate documentation requirements and a punitive environment can erode the joy of helping elders. Acclamation for accomplishments, on the other hand, can bring joyfulness back to the job.
If we shift to a system that measures staff retention rather than staff ratios, the whole picture changes.
The severely mentally ill population is increasing in skilled nursing facilities and action is needed. This explores the impact of this change and strategies to manage care.