Helping a Nursing Home Maintain Quality of Life
|By Rich O'Boyle, Editor
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When your elder is admitted to a nursing home, you can make his/her stay there as comfortable as possible by working with the facility staff. One of the most important tasks you can help with is the annual care planning meeting. The residents care is based on an assessment by the facilitys staff you can make that assessment as accurate as possible by participating in the session.
During the assessment process, the nursing home staff collects information about the individual. Staff includes the residents physician, the facility nurses and physical therapists, and the resident and family member. By preparing information about your elders life and abilities, you can greatly assist the assessment process and help the facility staff "get to know" your elder.
An assessment determines an individuals: abilities in such areas as walking, talking, eating, dressing, bathing, seeing, hearing, understanding and remembering; assistance needs; and patterns and preferences in areas such as daily routines, habits, activities and relationships.
During the assessment, the staff will be looking to learn more about the resident, including: physical, social and spiritual strengths; daily customary routines; preferences; abilities; and feedback. When you attend the planning session, you should discuss care options and ask questions about alternative treatments or procedures.
Tell the staff basic facts about your elder:
Tell the staff what your elders personality is like:
Tell the staff a little about your elders life story:
Tell the staff about your elders hobbies and affiliations:
Tell the staff about your elders daily routines:
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