Every now and then we often hear or see on the news media of how an elderly person was abused and saved or suspicion to their death due to suspension of a family member who’s went under their own privet investigation on a hospice facility. Being a retired Certified Nurses Assistant I fill your minds with some ease and some hints to what to look for…
What is Hospice Care? Hospice offers medical care toward a different goal: maintaining or improving quality of life for someone whose illness, disease or condition is unlikely to be cured. Each patient’s individualized care plan is updated as needed to address the physical, emotional and spiritual pain that often accompanies terminal illness. Hospice care also offers practical support for the caregiver(s) during the illness and grief support after the death. Hospice is something more that is available to the patient and the entire family when curative measures have been exhausted and life prognosis is six months or less. But let me be honest some facilities cut corners.
I’m sure many have been left with the great final decision making for their loved one(s) well health being or knows someone who has. Which leave everyone thinking what to look Into when trying to find and hire such place. How to find a hospice that (1. You can trust with the final care needs of your loved one will be properly taken care of. Well for starters you want to do a walk through pop-up unannounced when picking a place and before you sign your elderly life in the hands of others. This allows you to see what type of business they run(you might like or want certain actions behaviors activities going on not only from the staff but other residents as well. It allows you to see how the employees receive you (if you notice the staff /employees/directors are bothered by your showing up unannounced then turn around and never go back! If these “care givers” (entire staff) show any signs agitations just by you popping up then they will be agitated by your loved one sudden and random needs when occurrence.
Now here’s were it get tricky Paying attention to the other residents because again they are there for medical reason(s) you’ll want to look at what they are doing if their just sitting or laying in a bed the two times you randomly pop up take that as a (Hint) most likely they’ll have your loved one doing the same thing all day (depending on their personal needs of course) which will lead to them getting sores. Find out how many times are they allowed to eat or is it scheduled meals.? I’m sure you want your loved on to get a glass of water or a snack etc when they have the urge to not when someone else thinks it’s time. Pay close attendance to The behavior and interaction between the staff and the other residents and thier co-workers if one person from the staff ignores the need of a Resident because they are attending to your arrival then walk out and never look back! Pay attention to the staffs interaction between themselves if the staff is giving rude childish body language or they rolling their eyes to one another just know they are not happy co-workers and they must be some type of bickering animosity etc going on and if so know that you loved ones needs will be placed on hold until the staff employees finish their personal issues.
There are so many little hints that can help you choose the proper medical health needs for your loved one(s).
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