Monday, March 31, 2008
Saturday, March 29, 2008
"On another note, this same study revealed another "secret." In war days in the concentration camps the prisoners were subjected to various types of torture. Among these was that they were awakened every 2 hours during the night and forced to stay awake for about 10 minutes and then allowed to go back to sleep. This severely disturbed their sleep patterns and thus, made them clumsy and confused during the day due to lack of proper REM sleep. Hmmm, is this what we are doing to our elderly? Is this part of the reason for so many falls and inappropriate behaviors?"
Does the way your facility take care of residents actually cause more harm than good? This is something to really think about.
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
A most powerful excerpt from "Everything I Learned in Life...I Learned in Long Term Care" by Lori Porter
Although this book has been out for some time, I just got the chance to read it last night and I was really touched by it. I especially appreciate the above-mentioned quote so much that I plan on printing up a copy and sticking it in front of my desk just to remind me how much power I really do have working in long term care. I think you should print off a copy too, and make sure that no one in your nursing home forgets that power either.
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
(2) Recruit volunteers to come in and write down the stories of resident's lives that they dictate to the volunteers. Share these stories with staff so they realize that the resident is a person with a rich, vibrant history and not just some inanimate object to feed, change, and bathe.
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
ANYTHING STORED ON FLOOR
DENTED OR SWOLLEN CANS NOT STORED SEPERATELY
INSECTS OR DROPPINGS
STREAKS ON WALLS ALONG SHELVES
LACK OF FIRST IN, FIRST OUT ROTATION
OPENED FOOD THAT IS UNSEALED AND/OR UNDATED
BULK FOODS IN CRACKED OR PEST-VULNERABLE CONTAINERS
UNUSUALLY HIGH OR LOW TEMPERATURE IN FOOD STORAGE AREA
REFRIGERATOR TEMPERATURE >41 DEGREES FAREINHEIT
HIGHLY PERISHABLE FOODS USED AFTER THREE DAYS OF BEING OPENED
(This means foods that are animal derived and/or high in protein)
EGGS IN UNBROKEN SHELL USED 4-5 WEEKS AFTER PACK DATE
RAW ANIMAL FOODS LOCATED NEAR OTHER ITEMS
FREEZER TEMPERATURE >0 DEGREES FAREINHEIT
FROST BUILDUP IN FREEZER OR EVIDENCE OF THAWING
SPILLS IN THE DAIRY CASE
DIRTY SHELVES, FLOORS, OR WALLS
CROWDED STORAGE SPACE
HOT FOOD HELD FOR MORE THAN 30 MINUTES BEFORE SERVING
ICE IN CONTACT WITH FOOD
HOT FOODS HELD <135>180 DEGREES
COLD FOODS HELD >41 DEGREES
LACK OF HAND WASHING/SANITIZATION
IMPROPER UTENSIL USE OR LACK OF CLEANING
IMPROPER OR LACK OF CLEANING OF EQUIPMENT AFTER USE
LACK OF COVER DURING TRANSPORTATION
FOODS TRANSPORTED NEAR SHOES OR FLOOR
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
"Am I treated with dignity and respect by everyone I encounter, regardless of role or rank in the organization?
Am I given the knowledge, tools and support that I need in order to make a contribution to my organization and that adds meaning to my life?
Did somebody notice I did it, i.e., am I recognized for my contribution?"
Can every single employee in your nursing home, administrator on down to the lowliest part-time laundry aide, answer these questions in the affirmative?