another death in LTC - page 2

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    Quote from SuesquatchRN
    It's not LYC. It's a homeless shelter for the disabled.
    LTC is a very broad term that is used loosely to cover a lot different kinds of facilities. In some states there are laws that define it is a more narrow way. Where I live it means anything from a very highly skilled facility that have licensed people working all shifts to assisted living facilities that do not have a single licensed person on the payroll. We also have group homes for mentally and physically disabled persons, those group homes get called LTC by people on some occasions. In some cases these group homes are very hard to tell apart from homeless shelters. I have a hard time telling what is what myself sometimes. A church group wanted to put a shelter for homeless in one neighborhood and could not get approval. They then called it a group home and it was no problem.
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    Working LTC for 10 yrs....I thought I have heard it all...
    So sad.
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    I would like to know what your generation era is?
    Last edit by TheCommuter on Dec 30, '09 : Reason: edited
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    As a Nurse for 34 years, I will say that all these places are interested is in the MONEY!!!
    They will take a dog if you have the bucks. Assisted living can cost you up to 12,000 a month.
    The staff in some places need to be watched too. I was a DON and had an LPN who would toss all the meds and go home. She didn't punch out, claimed there was a problem with the machine. One day A resident went into the trash and ate her discrded pills. She forgot to dump the trash out in the dumpster before she left. AFter an investigation it was found she was doing this for about a year. Residents labs were always off which drove me nuts, trying to figure out what was wrong. Residents were beating on each other. One gut broke a woman's femur bone and hip. How many died from lack of meds to control their diseases. The sad part was she felt since this was an Alzheimer's building, it didn't matter, they couldn't tell anyone, and they were going to die anyway.
    The administrator was her friend and wanted her to stay and me to leave for causing trouble. She left and I left right after her but not before I contacted the authorities to report this mess. She has a very nice job now and I am getting by doing some consulting work. I forgot to tell you, she has a track record and has done this in places before this. Something is wrong if she is still allowed to work.
    I am saddened at where the Nursing profession is headed. I hope you newer nurses help it get back to being respectable and honorable.
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    Quote from ddv106
    As a Nurse for 34 years, I will say that all these places are interested is in the MONEY!!!
    They will take a dog if you have the bucks. Assisted living can cost you up to 12,000 a month.
    The staff in some places need to be watched too. I was a DON and had an LPN who would toss all the meds and go home. She didn't punch out, claimed there was a problem with the machine. One day A resident went into the trash and ate her discrded pills. She forgot to dump the trash out in the dumpster before she left. AFter an investigation it was found she was doing this for about a year. Residents labs were always off which drove me nuts, trying to figure out what was wrong. Residents were beating on each other. One gut broke a woman's femur bone and hip. How many died from lack of meds to control their diseases. The sad part was she felt since this was an Alzheimer's building, it didn't matter, they couldn't tell anyone, and they were going to die anyway.
    The administrator was her friend and wanted her to stay and me to leave for causing trouble. She left and I left right after her but not before I contacted the authorities to report this mess. She has a very nice job now and I am getting by doing some consulting work. I forgot to tell you, she has a track record and has done this in places before this. Something is wrong if she is still allowed to work.
    I am saddened at where the Nursing profession is headed. I hope you newer nurses help it get back to being respectable and honorable.

    I have met "this nurse" many times in my career, and not all were LPNs. I was a victim of SNF assault by a resident who was known to have assaulted other workers. I agree, that nursing homes are not the place for those that are agressive and seriously in need of psych help. I am a firm believer that we must identify the problem and move into action. http://mhaofnyc.org This is one org that is tring to fight the trend of placing seriously disturbed individuals in these facilities. Just let the Dr. (G-d forbid) be phsically assulted! :angryfire
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    I have enjoyed working in LTC, I have gained much both personally and professionally,and will continue to enjoy giving to others in LTC.redbeathe


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