How can I find a good nursing home for my loved one?
Finding a "good" nursing home can be difficult. I have been in many, and while some are better than others, I have never been in an "excellent" nursing home.
The first order of business is to visit the home. Ask to speak with the director, but ask to speak with the staff. Get a feel for personalities.... Full Post
How should I help a loved one with hearing loss?
Hearing loss can definitely be trying. My father is extremely hard of hearing. It took years for us to encourage him to get a test done for hearing aids. He was honestly too cheap to pay for the aids. It got to the point that we were all so tired of yelling or repeating ourselves that many of us... Full Post
What causes depression in nursing home residents?
Honestly, I believe patients become depressed in nursing homes because they are not in their normal surroundings. Imagine feeling like you have been placed in a home because you were a burden on your own family or because you had no one to take care of you? You no longer have the comforts around... Full Post
Why does poor care occur in nursing homes and assisted living facilities?
I have not worked in a nursing home in almost 10 years, but have recently been teaching nursing students over the course of 8 months in 3 different nursing homes. From what I have seen, there are multiple factors in why poor care is given.
First, the majority of nurses I have met in these facilities... Full Post
Should arthritis patients exercise?
According to Anderssen, Thorstensson, Roos, Petersson, Heinegard, and Saxne (2006) exercise is a treatment recommended for osteoarthritis to strengthen joint stability and reduce pain. A new study was developed to monitor tissue proteins of the knee joint in groups of patients suffering from oste... Full Post
I am a new nursing instructor, mostly teaching clinicals. I love being in the active part of nursing, teaching students the techniques and skills that will benefit them on the floor as a new nurse, but I will admit that sometimes I find it hard to teach what I know as compared to what the student...Full Post