I have heard family members make this very statement…usually after they have lost a loved father, mother, or sibling to outrageously poor care in a nursing home. It is a sad commentary on how the Long Term Care Industry in America operates.
I recently read an article which should give us all some hope. A movement is underway in California to improve this deplorable situation. A movement is underway to change the culture of nursing homes – to move from a sterile, hospital-like environment to a more home-like environment. In California, a coalition has been working with about 50 nursing homes to assist them in moving to a more resident-directed and resident-focused delivery of care.
The focus of the movement centers around:
1. Consistent Staff Assignments
2. Improved Dining Services
3. Reduced Noise
4. Aroma Therapy
5. Increased Activities
6. Improved Hygiene/Bath Time
Read the complete article here.