I'm wondering if anyone else has dealt with this and what the outcome was. We have a 59 year old quad (quad x 33 years) who likes to watch pornographic movies. Since he cannot put the movies on himself, employees have to assist if he's going to watch. Some staff do not mind this at all, but others are outraged that we would allow these movies in a hospital. I have set up a plan so that nobody who is uncomfortable with the movies has to go in to assist him, and a stop sign must be placed on the door whenever he is viewing to alert housekeeping, dietary, etc from walking in on this. The problem is that he is lewd and disrespectful toward the nurses anyway, and some of them feel that the pornography is contributing to his attitude. They are probably right, truth be known, but the bottom line is that he is an adult and what he is doing is not illegal. He has no family, so having a relative assist isn't an option. Any advice here?
Maybe you can use the movies as a reward for "good" behavior. If he is lewd with the nurses, no porn movies that night. (And yes, I would probably want to limit the time of day these movies were being viewed out of consideration for other people.)
I don't see not allowing it at all.
Last edit by vashtee on Sep 1, '07
When working LTC we had a 61 yr man with very severe Parkinson's. He too enjoyed watching porn movies. And like your staff, some had issues with putting it in the movies for him. (I personally didn't have an issue since all I was doing was putting the movie in for him and walking out the door. I never saw any of the movie)
Our DON told us we didn't have to put in the movies if we had issues with it (there was always one person on the shifts who was willing to put it in for him). We, too, put up a big red STOP sign on it, so that all staff (housekeeping, dietary, nursing, recreation etc) knew the movie was on, if the person had a problem with seeing such a movie, they knew not to go in when that sign was up.
He could watch it anytime he wanted, for any amount of time. His private room was his "home" and he was a consenting adult so we could not put any limits on the type of movies he watched, the amout of time he watched them, or what time of day/night he could view them. Our corporate lawyer informed the DON denying him his "rights" to watch the porn movies could land the facility in big trouble.
I don't think the movies make your resident lewd and disrespectful to staff, he was most likely a rude, lewd and disrespectful person his whole life and it was probably compounded when he became a quad at the age of 26. (I can only imagine how nasty I'd probably get having to rely on someone to take care of my most basic of needs at that age..would probably change me into a very nasty and bitter woman)
I think your ideas of the stop sign, and allowing your staff to choose if they want to put the movies in or not are good ones, and probably the only ones available.
*I just realized this was LTC DON/ADON forum. I'm only a student and can only offer up my personal experiences to this subject. **
Last edit by CT Pixie on Sep 1, '07