Tuesday, September 13, 2011


This is a great time to be working in the field of geriatrics, so much is going on in terms of research and available aids for senior citizens. I read about available grants for caregivers to allow them financial aid to return to school so they can get better paying jobs.

When developing a care plan for an individual remember to look into their native language. I spoke with an individual recently that earlier in her life spoke English and Spanish, however, now she pretty much speaks Spanish. Over half of the caregivers speak Spanish, for those who do not, to have available common phrases the individual would recognize and understand would be helpful. The effort put forth would pay double dividends, the resident would feel grateful and the caregivers would feel they were valued that their employer put forth the effort to improve communication so they could do a better job.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Definition of neglect

Wanted to pass along one of the many definitions of neglect. As professional nurses in long term care settings if you assess that a resident needs medical attention then get them to the hospital. Do not allow an administrator or family member to decline the services of an ambulance because they do not want the resident to go to the hospital. As a professional you can be held responsible for neglect when you do not advocate for the resident, especially when the facility's policies direct what action is to be taken. As a professional you are held to the regulations that operate in your state governing the operation of the facility and your nurse practice act including resident rights, and reporting requirements. Not knowing what the requirements are will not excuse you from legal and professional action when allegations of neglect are reported. You also can be held responsible if you fail to provide supervision to caregivers under your leadership and do not provide adequate training. Your best protection is knowing what your job description states, the facilities policies, your nurse practice act, regulations governing the type of facility for which you work and what must be reported to the state board of nursing.