Since I'm working on elder care issues while I'm at home, I'd like to ask you all what you would do to fix long-term care in this country. How would you go about ensuring sufficient funding, improving staff-to-resident ratios, delivering services, training administration and staff, having adequate supplies on hand, and providing the care these people are paying for?
Any and all ideas would be appreciated, as I'd like to see if there is a consensus, as well as include some of your solutions in an article I'm planning to write for a national magazine or newspaper. (Of course, credit will be given where it is due.) There is so much that's not working, and it seems that no one in a position to do anything about it can be bothered......unless we nurses get together and make them pay attention.
Feb 2, '03
I agree with all! I been in LTC for 10 years. LTC is not just taking care of Grandma/pa anymore lately we have been a dumping grounds for all sorts of patients. I can't tell you the time thats been used to deal with issues that should have never been allowed to happen d/t all the people that our admissions take just to fill the census. I could fill a whole board about the 21 year old MVA that thought we were the hilton and had parties in his semi-private room.
And the administrator didn't want to rock the boat by telling him to keep the pot and booze out of the facility
Last edit by Buddha on Feb 2, '03