Journal-"jotting" your daily rounds? - page 2

Last night I had a "hall and a half' because we were one person under-staffed and no one else would come in. A resident fell and the family found her. I had been in the room 2-3 times and the... Read More

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    The downside is that you don't realize how helpful that those few independent residents you used to have in LTC were, until you literally have to do every single thing for every single person.
    True! When a person can stand, it is a whole different type of thing. But, on the other hand, when a person can stand, late at night their legs are weak and their feet don't move and toileting can take a new challenging and lengthy aspect. My new hallway last night was the most "able-bodied" group I've had so far, and yet the slowness of every little step and movement of the feet guaranteed that I was still pushing to get all in bed by 9 pm.
    One man is a 3 person transfer because he has girth and is dead weight, absolutely no assistance to stand or move. He gets the shakes for a few minutes after we transfer him because with 3 persons moving him, it frightens him; it seems rather, well, as if we are muscling him, and of course we are! If I recall, he has had a brain tumor.

    No call lights makes perfect sense! No one could use them or know they are there. I have had several who have no need of them also. God Bless your work.
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    True! When a person can stand, it is a whole different type of thing. But, on the other hand, when a person can stand, late at night their legs are weak and their feet don't move and toileting can take a new challenging and lengthy aspect. My new hallway last night was the most "able-bodied" group I've had so far, and yet the slowness of every little step and movement of the feet guaranteed that I was still pushing to get all in bed by 9 pm.
    Mmmhmm. On one hand, it's nice when a person can stand, takes the strain off your arms and back a little...but on the other hand, when it feels like it takes a person 5 minutes just to walk 10 feet across the room, it's easy to get impatient and wish you could just pick them up and haul 'em. Plusses and minuses to everything.

    Some nights, after lifting so many residents, some of whom are quite heavy, I miss working in the alzheimer's unit I used to work on...there, the residents had to be able to stand and walk with minimal assistance to be there...then, I remember how time consuming the simplest thing could be simply BECAUSE of their condition, both physical and mental.

    I was thinking about this post today, by the way - I had a new trainee and she was talking about how she was having a hard time remembering who was due to be repositioned/changed/etc. and I suggested that she "journal" it for a couple of days until she got the hang of the routine. Never would have thought of it before.


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