Some Measures to Protect Seniors may Cause Harm
There are certain measures being taken by senior communities, assisted living community senior independent communities and long-term care facilities that are put in place to help seniors but may actually be causing harm. These different options are being looked at carefully for the emotional and physical damage they may actually cause. These are primarily options that are being put in place by the administration with the staff. However these options have been shown to cause increasing issues with memory loss care and with the overall emotional health and stability of the senior residents.
There is a growing popularity with administration to create a schedule change as a penalty to staff members who are late or may call into a shift. The problem is this does not teach were any issues. For example, if the staff member is always on time, and has an exceptional record and may call in sick before a shift the penalty would be to place that staff member in a different hall for up to two weeks. This is meant as a sort of penalty for the staff member but it actually hurts the residents.
This schedule adjustment means that a resident who has become very used to a certain schedule of staff members will now have a new staff member that they are not comfortable with or may not know in place of a staff member they have become very accustomed to. This can actually hurt the resident by causing confusion, emotional distress and if it is a memory loss care resident it and cause issues with their memory.
Swapping residences is another administrative task that is supposed to protect or help the senior residents when in fact it is shown that it causes emotional distress and stressful situations. Swapping residents is the process of allowing a nursing assistant or nursing staff member to work with a different set of residents in each night or each week. This means that the residents do not have a connection to their staff members and may not respond well to different treatments. This is an administrative option that has been looked at with great scrutiny in the past few years especially by memory loss care prevention agents. Though this has been mentioned administrative staff this is an issue that administration feels is necessary and may not be put in place by administrative staff that has actual health care experience but only experience in the administrative aspects.
These are only two of the administratively placed options that are actually being brought into the light with new health care Reform Act. When nursing homes, assisted-living, long-term care living and various senior communities were brought up on several neglect charges these particular demonstration issues also came out. Whereas the administration feels that they are doing a benefit to the residents and to the staff, they may in fact be causing harm to the seniors and to their care plans. It has been noted that several administration needs take certain courses in senior care to completely understand that this is not a business but is a care option and the residents should come first regardless of penalties or how the administration wants to run their staff.