You know,,, when people think of elder abuse they think of physical abuse,, but just some food for thought,,
What about the person in the assisted feeding room at the NH who berates a patient because they arent eating quickly enough. Consider a few things,,, decreased saliva causeing a need for added time to chew food to a swallowable consistency. Decreased touch/sensation of the fingers,, its difficult for them to hold a glass maybe,, they spill,, dont degrade them and accuse them of doing it on purpose. They dont spit out the food cause they dont like it,, its because they cant get it chewed up. Give them a break and dont rush them. Can they SEE whats on their plate? Its a little difficult to have an appetite when they slide a plate in front of you and tell you to eat but you cant find the forlk, or cant see what the food is,, lets not forget the taste buds are decreasing in sensitivity so how are they supposed to know what they are eating if they cant taste it, and noone has told them what is on the plate. Consider how just these few things affect patients lives in nursing homes today. Sad that they spend so little time making CNA's understand these changes as we age.
Someone had started a pet peeve thread a while back,, now that i think of it,, these are some of my biggest pet peeves. Sorry, i know that this may not really fit into this thread,, but in my opinion,, some of this stuff is just as abusive as any physical abuse. When people hit,, it hurts for a little,, but when people are hungry and degraded when they cant feed themselves it hurts for a long time.