I am an ER nurse and have taken care of more long term care residents than I can count. However, until yesterday, I had never stepped foot in a long term care facility. I went to visit a long-time family friend. He was living in assisted living but had a stroke and now cannot feed himself, cannot swallow well, and cannot use his right side. His liquids are thickened and all food is pureed. He has pain, will hardly eat and I have a feeling he will not be with us much longer.
I am writing because of the care and compassion that his caregivers were showing him. I see all the time about the insane staffing levels at these facilities. I watched wall his nurse gently urged him to at least finish his thickened orange juice because he needs fluids. I watched the two-person assist to get him back to bed (and I couldn't resist offering to help even though I knew I would be turned down).
Anyway.....thank you.....to all long term caregivers everywhere.