A newly signed legislation is allowing "homes for the aged" to get liquor licenses.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said in a press release
“This bill helps ensure that those serving Michigan’s aging population are given more opportunities to offer products and services that help their residents feel more at home."
Will there be a mass move of "the aged" to Michigan?
New legislation allows nursing home to get liquor licenses.
My immediate reaction is NO! Many elderly patients who live in nursing homes/assisted living facilities often experience feelings of isolation/depression adjusting to this next phase of life, many are widowed and their families barely visit.... introducing alcohol into the mix is a recipe for disaster. From past experience, in a facility I used to work for, there was a policy that would permit residents to have/keep liquor in their rooms and only an exceptional few handled that responsibly. Even when we'd try to regulate their access to alcohol, their family would sneak it in. At this facility, every week there was an experience where we'd spend a good chunk of a shift picking up 200lb men off the floor, calling the MD, sometimes transferring to ER, informing the pt. family, and doing falls assessments round the clock because someone's grandpa "had a few too many"... many intoxicated patient's would become aggressive and physically assault the nursing staff... and the MD was always reluctant to revoke their alcohol privilege. So, what's a nurse to do? For me the answer was to quit!
Also, elderly patients are on so many medications that create contraindications if taken with alcohol... I would only be ok with this if Nurses were not held responsible for a person's decision to over-indulge. I say everyone should have the right to live however they like, so long as they're not harming others. But when a person decides to live in assisted/nursing homes they have to accept that there are rules. I'm not risking my license so someone can have a brandy whenever they feel like it. If people want to live recklessly, that's their prerogative... but I am not comfortable with this when I am legally responsible for you as a patient. You wanna drink to excess and be non-compliant with the care-plan and medications keeping you alive, fine. Go home to live with your family who can do such a better job than us Nurses.
Sorry if this seems dramatic or if I've veered off on a tangent. I have just had very negative experiences in the past with alcohol being permitted to residents. It's one of the many reason I ran fast as I could from that job.
Last edit by CaffeinePOQ4HPRN on Dec 17, '16