Assisted Living and Nurse Aides To The Rescue For the Elderly

Elderly Assistance with Trained CNAMany assisted living facilities are well equipped with the right medical staffing to sustain a healthy and well maintained environment when caring for the elderly. With today’s understanding of the human mind and techology, many facilities including hospitals are also combining hypnotherapy as a form of healing and stop bad habits like smoking and coping with daily stress in these centers.

From nurses to nurse aides with certification and training, assisted living facilities provide not only comfortable housing but also trained medical staff that can administer medication, physical therapy, wellness activities and specialized dieting to care for its residence.

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This allows for a happy and healthy environment where our elders not only feel cared for an wanted but also loved and nurtured.

As much as modern technology and medicine has for nurse aide and advanced medical technology – permissionless innovation however, there is still the human factor of failure.  In a miniscule amount of locations, there have been reports of abuse and neglect such as noted in The Timberjay Publication:

The Minnesota Department of Health has substantiated multiple charges of neglect or abuse of residents at the former Golden Horizons assisted living facility in Tower. An investigation of the allegations, completed April 28, found that an overnight aide at the facility repeatedly failed to provide required care for three residents with dementia who needed assistance using the bathroom. The aide also took advantage of a fourth resident, by reportedly stealing a pain-killing medication from the resident, and was believed to be involved with missing drugs from at least two other residents at the facility.

According to the MDH investigation, Golden Horizons failed to discipline the aide, failed to conduct its own internal investigation of the abuses, and failed to report the maltreatment.

The aide, who is not identified, was not fired, but eventually left by his or her own choice.

The investigation found that the aide had repeatedly failed to provide toileting assistance for three residents suffering from varying types of dementia, or help changing their “briefs”. Morning aides suspected the night aide was failing to provide required care because they repeatedly found the residents “completely saturated in urine, through to the bed linen,” on mornings after the night aide had worked. All three of the residents had cognitive issues that prevented them from reporting the lack of assistance directly.

The daytime aides told the investigator that they had reported the situation to the facility’s administrator, but that nothing appeared to have been done about the situation. The daytime aides sought to verify that the night aide was failing to change the residents’ briefs by marking them before leaving for the night, an effort that helped to document the night aide’s lack of assistance.

The documentation did prompt the center’s administrator to draft a disciplinary notice but the aide never signed it and took both copies. The aide was allowed to continue to work until leaving voluntarily some time later.

The investigation also concluded that the aide was involved in the theft of 96 tablets of a controlled substance prescribed to a separate resident who remained mentally sound. The investigator determined that the aide was reporting that the resident was taking the drug (tramadol) when, in fact, the aide was systematically stealing it.

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Transitioning To A Hospice Care Facility

In the case of an illness which is classified as terminal, your family members or you might discuss with a doctor that the treatments that are supposed to slow the disease down or cure you, is in fact not working, or you have decided you no longer want to continue. In these cases, most doctors will refer you to hospice care, which is also called end-of-life care.

At this stage, you may be more interested in obtaining relief from your pain, difficulties with breathing along with other symptoms of your disease in order for you to pay more attention to the things or people that you care for the most. This is when end-of-life care or hospice might be your best option.

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