From the 102-year-old Hulk Hogan fan to the doting, selfless caregivers doing behind-the-scenes work, there are numerous people who inspired me in long-term care this year.
Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. Here are some thoughts from someone who's seen the long-term care world from both sides now.
When a resident enters long-term care, we tend to focus solely on the needs of the resident, even though they're almost always part of a family system that is being affected by their placement. If we consider that we're admitting families rather than just the residents themselves, we'd recognize the need to provide family-centered care in addition to resident-centered care.
Connected Living has acquired Tethered LLC, a mobile application development company.
From a psychological perspective, here are some ideas to prevent or reduce disagreements with residents and their family members over care, thereby decreasing the likelihood that a situation will result in legal action.
Long-term care managers would be wise to allow nursing assistants — and residents' family members — a greater say in managerial-type decision-making, authors of a new study assert.
Nursing home residents do not eat much more when their family members are present at mealtimes, even though caregivers provide more assistance, according to recently published study results.
Many of us in long-term care think of our jobs as a calling. We handle the day-to-day tasks and the business as usual but also get a lot of energy and joy out of taking our work one step further. Here are some actions I've taken that have enriched my patients and my role as a psychologist.
The "For Sale" sign outside my grandmother's house caught me by surprise last Saturday.
The general public could never understand the emotional bonding that we have with our residents. Granted, not every resident pulls at our heartstrings. I enjoy watching how one particular resident will connect with a specific employee. For example, I might find a resident "challenging" while my co-worker will find her endearing.
It must be my optimistic nature that makes me think, "Why use a pair of boxing gloves when a feather will do?" Those of you in social services know what I mean when I say, "Why go for the jugular?" You are just trying to help (schedule/resolve/plan/assess), right?