"force feeding" residents - page 2

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I recently watched as a CNA who, because she truely cared for the resident, adamantly insisted a (confused)resident eat dinner. She held the spoon to her lips and told the resident she would not remove it until she took a bite.... Read More


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    When I did my CNA, we were at a nursing home and the CNAs there did stuff like this ALL.THE.TIME. It was cruel. And then when they were out of time, the ones who actually WERE eating would be wheeled away from the food. I can't believe my school actually chose to use that place as a place to learn CNA skills. It was awful. I literally cried my eyes out several times because I felt like the patients were neglected and abused.
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    We had an aide from agency do this to a resident this week along with verbally abusing him in the process. Five other staff members witnessed it and turned her into our DON and administrator. She was asked to leave and will likely loose her certification.
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    has she tried allowing other NA's to attempt to feed the rt? if i cant get one of mine to eat, i try to get another NA to attempt it. does she speak to the rt in a calm, soothing voice? sometimes that helps too.
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    I just wanted to say when I first saw the title of this topic. I was thinking resident as in MD. And my visual image was pretty funny.
    i_love_patient_care likes this.
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    I dunno.. I mean I'd have to see it with my own eyes, but often times I've had LVN's and Rn's push me aside to push the food in or "tricking them" by touching their lips w/ a straw, when it opened, put the food in.

    You see otherwise the pt won't eat, which that in itself is a world of trouble. I dont condone the verbal abuse or mishandling, but you definitely have to "encourage" a pt to eat! Otherwise the end result if a feeding tube through the nose, stomach, etc and those risk surgeries can leave a pt with multiple infections and death.


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