LTC facility-TAKE DOWN THAT ARTWORK NOW!!! - page 3

by juzme 2,778 Views | 29 Comments

Hi Everyone, My husband and I were in to visit my MIL today and an aide told us that state was in a couple of days ago and saw the artwork of the residents on the unit(my MIL is on a dementia unit)that were hung on the wall in... Read More


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    Yep...care plan it, but how? I guess you can have a care plan on the people that did the art work.. but I would fight it first off with the state. I'd like to see the exact reg that it is referencing. How can making a place seem more like a home and show casing someone's talent/ hard work be un dignified?
    DizzyLizzyNurse likes this.
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    How sad...this is a case of those who are paper pushers vs those who know the patients!
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    I've always had a theory that it is a big mistake to give too much authority to lower level government employees. They can't keep themselves from taking it out and playing with it.
    Cat_LPN, Nurse_Hagatha, AOx1, and 2 others like this.
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    I agree with the person who said it was probably a manager using state to get her wishes. I wouln't believe it until I saw it written in the final report. If it really is from State, I think it is a violation of States authority. The common areas of a facility is supposed to be the resident's home. Who has the right to say which artwork you would like to put in your home? I could understand it, if it was profane, but I am guessing it's not.

    I also say the Apprentice last night, and agree that a lot of the art was childish. However, art isn't mean to grow your intellect, but to center you and bring you to a better time and place. Who are we to tell someone that their beautiful souls who created these pictures are not quite up to par. Art gives us a peek into the hidden beauty inside of each of us. How dare State demean people for exposing their indiviuality and sweet personhood. Shame on State, or Management. Maybe it's because they don't have a soul, that they don't understand basic humanity.
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    I don't think you can effectively careplan an issue like this. A better idea is to take it thru resident counsel and have the residents vote on the idea. If the residents vote that they want their artwork displayed this way it should be strongly stated as such in the resident counsel minutes.
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    yes, I think I will ask the DON about the State's regs. Thanks.
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    Quote from tiroka03
    I agree with the person who said it was probably a manager using state to get her wishes. I wouln't believe it until I saw it written in the final report. If it really is from State, I think it is a violation of States authority. The common areas of a facility is supposed to be the resident's home. Who has the right to say which artwork you would like to put in your home? I could understand it, if it was profane, but I am guessing it's not.

    I also say the Apprentice last night, and agree that a lot of the art was childish. However, art isn't mean to grow your intellect, but to center you and bring you to a better time and place. Who are we to tell someone that their beautiful souls who created these pictures are not quite up to par. Art gives us a peek into the hidden beauty inside of each of us. How dare State demean people for exposing their indiviuality and sweet personhood. Shame on State, or Management. Maybe it's because they don't have a soul, that they don't understand basic humanity.
    Actually we had a resident who was an art teacher who had (tastefully done) pictures of naked men that she kept in her bedroom. They weren't in the hall or anything but they were there.
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    Quote from optimist
    I agree with Morte CAREPLAN IT!!!

    But on the positive side, that must be a dang good facility if all the state had to ding them on was the question of dignity and age appropriate artwork
    lol, this was my second thought as well.....i have heard it said that you should always leave them some small thing to cite you about, because they are gonah git ya one way 'tother.
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    well the unit my MIL is on, is pretty dang good!:-) We just love the staff! and so does mom. State actually was in to investigate a resident who suffered a dislocated shoulder(I believe that is what the aide said)while being transferred improperly(on another unit and decided to take a quick walk through the building) and that is when they noticed the artwork on the walls.
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    They can ask for a variance. I worked in a nice place that really cared about the residents. We got cited for closet size - apparently they are supposed to be x and ours were y - it was an old building. So in the spirit of endless pointless paperwork we applied - and were granted a variance so we remained at the coveted 'deficiency' free status.

    They also periodically got on the 'dignity' kick - Halloween parades with dressed up Residents is 'not dignified.' so we stopped doing something people really enjoyed. And a confused, constantly moving resident who fell repeatedly despite med changes and hospitalization and 1 on 1 staffing, could not use a bean bag chair that worked to keep her safe - because it was 'undignified'. Didn't win that argument or the Halloween with the state - which I am still angry about years later.

    Luckily there is a real trend towards more home like environments and attitudes - the state is going to have to catch up to the fact that change is in the air and what's fun is fun. Geesh!


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