If you think that you can be in a nursing home for long-term care and be as happy as you might be in your own home, you are slightly mistaken. The long -term care units of some rehabilitation and care centers are the most horrible places inside these buildings. Sure you might find one that is good, but for the most part, from what I have observed, one long-term care unit is worse than the next one.
If you are seeking long-term care, you might be better off checking out each and every facility rather than just checking out one or two places. And the most important information and inside scoop you can get is from residents who have left there already. Have you seen any residents at all who are actually happy with the care that they received in those places? Do some unofficial surveys, some verbal surveys. Ask around; ask in the hospitals, ask in your neighbhorhoods. Find out if there is any happiness anywhere in long-term care facilities.
Usually your happiness goes out the window when you are transferred to the long-term care unit when you should be in the short-term care unit. That’s where the happiness is. It is not in your spirit -because you thought you were just “visiting” there and the facility and the red-tape turned you into a long-time resident -against your will and against the will of your family.
How do you gain your happiness back?
Here is how you can stop the facility from taking your happiness, from taking advantage of you and your family ,and here’s how you can stop the facility from doing things to you and your family that they should not be able to do.
Follow these steps -for an improved life – at physical rehabilitation centers and nursing homes:
1. Know what you are there for! And make sure the staff knows what you are there for. If you came into the nursing home /rehab for short term care, make sure that they know that and are reminded of that. One resident I know was accidentally transferred upstairs Ayahuasca Retreats 2021 to the long-term floor and that transfer set his therapy back for weeks or months. Never allow a transfer to another floor until you agree to the transfer and until you have made a thorough inspection of the new floor.
2. Make your family and friends visible at the facility. (Residents who have visitors or family’s seem to be treated better and have more attention paid to them WHEN the family speaks up about what is happening). Let staff know that you are not alone. In good nursing homes you will be treated fairly , whether you have visitors or not, but in those nursing homes that are horrible, you will be treated better when they see that you have friends and family visiting. Have people visit you. Call your local Priests or Rabbis and have them visit. Call your Avon person and have them come visit while you look at their catalog and choose your items.
3. Once you have discovered that you are in a bad nursing home (bad meaning no care, lack of care or negligent care) when you have important communications for the facility about important resident or life decisions, put that in writing to the facility. This way they cannot deny that you stated it clearly to them, when they fail to take proper actions.
4. If you or your friend/family member develops new bedsores while at the facility, clearly note this and make sure the staff acts on handling the bedsores-making them heal rather than allowing them to grow into large scabs and life-threatening medical problems. (Just recently there was a news note where a man died of maggots in his eyes and bedsores -while his facility didn’t notice till he was dead).
5.Know that bedsores develop from spending too much time in bed or wheelchairs, so be active and do your exercise and therapy when needed. Check the resident or patient for bedsores before they are admitted to the nursing home. Yes, you might even want to take pictures of the elbows or knees and other body parts. This might sound odd, but knowing what the resident was like before entering home will surely let you know what kind of care the patient is receiving. (For example, when the patient enters the nursing home with clean, uninjured elbows, and knees or other body parts and they begin to develop sores all over their body, that might be a sign that someone is not doing their job correctly and it might be a sign of gross negligence.