This is something that really gets me
. Nurses who label residents as attention seeking because they constantly ask for the toilet, they say they are in pain when they do not physically appear so, they ask for assistance to walk when they can walk perfectly well or when they refuse to eat. I am a fIrm believer that in 99% of these cases, the so called attention seeking is brought on by the institution. People respond to warmth, to having someone show an interest in them - when in care homes, we do not get enough time to show an interest in our residents they will inevitably find other ways to bring us to them
. Fact - the behaviour mentioned above gets our attention, perhaps in a negative way, but it does. It is a reflection of the care in a home when residents have to resort to this. We do not work with machines, we work with people who have emotional and social needs. Next time a nurse reports that Mrs so and so is attention seeking ask him/ her WHY?