Quote from ktwlpn
Yep-ya gotta love the absurdities of LTC-they have the right to abuse themselves to death but we have to make sure they do it in a safe manner or we are neglectful.We are neglectful if we let them fall yet we can't restrain them chemically or physically....We have to let them (or assist them )to go outside whenever they wish yet if one goes out and dies of hypo or hyperthermia we are neglectful.They have the right to torment the h*ll out of each other and smack the crap out of us but we are neglectful if one hurts another yet we can't medicate to prevent it....(can you tell I had a rough day-I got smacked down by a 101 yr old little old lady):trout:
So, so true!!! Some nights I just have to look skyward, and shake my head!
I'm going to be done with it all soon - and I told one of the young nurses the other morning that I'd been making a list of certain things I'd observed over the years - so that 'I'd' be able to pull the same stunts when 'I' was in LTC!
She said if she saw them wheel me in the door, she was taking off!!
Two incidents that I added to my list the other night:
A rather snooty lady who doesn't like having a roommate - but can't afford, or won't pay for a private room, called for me. She complained of feeling dizzy, and sick to her stomach. I took her vitals, which were normal, then told her I'd call her Doc to see if I could get an order for a Phenergan suppository - she shook her head no, and pointed to her roommate, a very nice lady, who is in for rehab for foot ulcers.
So, I asked her, is this what this is all about? I told her that the roommate was paying for her half of the room, and she had just as much right to be there. I again offered to call her doctor, which she refused, so I told her she needed to roll over and go to sleep, and leave her roommate alone.
Later I gave a prescribed Vicodin to a lady, she rolled it around in her mouth awhile, spit it out, told me that she couldn't swallow it, and to go get her another one!
That one went on my list.