A question of the day: Why should people of all ages visit residents inside nursing homes?
The answer is intricately found with 2.75 hours … let me explain.
Caregiving for someone who has lost the ability to perform their own activities of daily living (ADLs), requires insight, skill, energy, compassion, hope and love. Carol Marak says, “ADLs refer to the common, everyday tasks people learn to do to become self-sufficient.” Some individuals can communicate their basic needs, while others require someone to monitor everything for them; this is especially true of those in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. This is now my mother’s predicament and millions of others battling the disease. Activities of daily living are wholly in the hands of someone else …
- Selecting proper attire
- Maintaining continence
- Putting on clothes
- Transferring (such as moving from bed to wheelchair – she can no longer stand or walk)
Caring for one person in this way is physically, emotionally, financially and spiritually taxing – no matter how strong or well-trained the “carer”. Now imagine caring, in-turn, for 15-20 people (sometimes more) who rely on you for their every need. It’s the case every day inside nursing homes and this is how it’s delivered.
2.75 hours per day per CNA per resident.
Just imagine, each Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is expected to divide his or her time to meet the basic needs of 15-20 people (sometimes more) … and, perhaps find time to engage, listen, watch, and love them with a heart beyond duty. That equates to each resident receiving an average of 2.75 hours per day of hands-on care. In addition, residents receive medication management from nurses and physical-occupational-speech therapists (if indicated) … which equates to 1-2 hours more per day. So, between basic care and a couple of group activities a day, it’s no wonder residents are idly parked in front of televisions, laying in beds, waiting in hallways or at nurse’s stations. Whether or not they have a concept of time itself, these people who are ALIVE INSIDE wait, often with no particular purpose or reason. That’s reason enough for me to visit – it’s time to make a change inside nursing homes. There are other motivating factors to contemplate, too.
Let’s go back to the question: Why should people of all ages visit residents inside nursing homes? The answer can be found in the numbers.
~ Lift spirit and soul ~ Learn compassion ~ Care for those confined ~ Because love was meant to flow ~ We reap what we sow ~A blessing to share a smile ~ Jesus told us to ~ Hope’s contagious ~ LOVE more ~ In a flash it could be you ~ It will make you grateful if you’re down ~ Because some residents have no one ~ Why not make their day brighter ~ There are all ages inside ~ 1.75 million beds in U.S. ~ 15,700 nursing homes ~ Average stay is 2 years ~ They need advocates ~ shortage of CNAs and Nurses ~ Give them a voice ~
What can you add to the picture?