LTC humor

  1. In the last week at work I've had three funny, funny incidents with the residents.

    1) Last Saturday there was a temper tantrum over the recliners in the dayroom. Of course, there's not enough if a a large group of residents want to watch tv and on a Saturday night when those exciting old reruns of Lawrence Welk are on PBS there can ba a ruckus. There nearly was.

    2) On Sunday there was a near screaming match overcontrol of the television. Some men and a few women wanted to watch the College World Series so the tv was turned to ESPN. 15 minutes later, a woman came down the hall and started a yelling match - she didn't want to watch baseball. She was informed that she would be escorted to the other dayroom where there was a tv open for any other programming. She walked back to her room in a huff "I never get anything around here" (Definite untruth!) She waited until everyone had gone to the dining room for supper and rushed to the tv to turn it.

    3) On Monday, an end stage Alzheimer's resident on Hospice services, resting in her geri-chair showed a spark of her former sass. This lady rarely talks anymore, may answer simple questions appropriately depending on her mood/the weather/the environment. You know the type of patient. A nurse walked by whistling and the resident raised her head and snarled "I'm going to kill that damn bird!"
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  3. by   Angela Mac
    yes- the demented elderly can be quite entertaining
    I looked up from the nursing station to see a sweet sight.
    An elderly woman was wiping sausage gravy off the face of an elderly man.
    On closer observation, however, I noticed that she was wiping his face with a buttered piece of bread.
  4. by   S.N. Visit
    Keep them comming, I love hearing these stories !
  5. by   Hellllllo Nurse

    I used to work LTC, and had quite a dew demented pts. As anyone who has actually worked with this population knows, it is sometimes best to go along with their version of reality, rather than confuse them further with the facts.

    I worked nocs. One elderly demented man would hear me going up and down the hall doing my med pass, and would say things like "Honey, what are you doing? Hurry up and come to bed."
    When I would tell him that I was the nurse, doing my med pass. He would sometimes get agitated. So, I came up with a response that served to calm and reassure him.

    I started responding with "I'm just washing up, Dear. I'll be in in a few minutes."

    He would then say something like- "Well, hurry up. It's time to go to sleep!" or "Well, get a move on. I'm waiting for you."

    He would more often than not, roll over and go to sleep himself.
  6. by   Audreyfay
    When I worked in LTC as a CNA, the facility always decorated the dining room tables at Easter with a little basket and three dyed eggs. It looked so festive. One year we were having a difficult time finding one of the residents. Yup, there he was, systematically going to each table, sitting down, peeling each egg and downing them all. He had eaten about 3/4 of the eggs by the time he was found. I was very greatful that he was not on my assignment that day and the next. Imagine what happens when one eats eggs that have been at room temperature for several days!

    While I was working there we had one terrible scare one day. One of the residents who was confused, was missing. It was in the fall and quite cool. She was missing during day shift, and the hunt was continuing during the afternoon shift. Since the doors were very heavy to open, and there was quite a few staff during the day, the doors were not alarmed during the day.
    Several of the CNA's even went into the woods around the facility, calling for her. No luck. They finally called in every resource they had in the staff. Finally, the maintenance man found the lady. She somehow had forced the door open to the furnace room and it shut on her. She had been pacing a 36" circle for hours. She sure was happy to get out, and get some food! There were some changes after that.
  7. by   Audreyfay
    One of the residents had CP and was the sweetest little lady. My mom, who also was a CNA, would joke around with her. While getting her dressed in the morning, my mom said, "Oh, my mouth tastes like sh***t." "How do YOU know what sh***t tastes like?" she said with a knowing smile.
  8. by   Angela Mac
    there was a line forming outside the central bath. a group of women were being bathed. a very demanding elderly gentleman was upset that he had to wait until a group of men were ready to be showered. he responded, "it is just a darn old carwash. that is what it is. we are on some kind of an assembly line headed into an old carwash." :chuckle
    i had to run into the utility room to laugh. i knew if he saw me laughing he would get agitated.
  9. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Does anyone here remeber an email forward that went around a few years ago? It was called "Top 12 games to play in the nursing home." It was a riot. I did a search, but couldn't find it.

    I remember one of the games on the list was:
    20 Questions (shouted into your good ear).

    That one really cracked me up.
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    Wait, I found it:

    Top Ten Nursing Home Games


    I have not worked LTC in a few years, but I got a kick out of this.

    Top Ten nursing home games-

    1. Sag, You're it.

    2. Pin the Toupee on the bald guy.

    3. 20 questions (shouted into your good ear).

    4. Kick the bucket.

    5. Red Rover, Red Rover, the nurse says Bend Over.

    6. Find the hearing aide in the pureed peas.

    7. Simon says something incoherent.

    8. Hide and go pee.

    9. Spin the Bottle of Mylanta.

    10. Musical geri-chairs.
  11. by   Angela Mac favorite was wheelchair races.....