Nursing Home Essay

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This essay will explain the services, cost, staff qualifications, resident’s right, and abuse and neglect in nursing homes. To determine if families should place their love ones in nursing home facilities. Families should be very educated about services provided in nursing homes. Individual care plans are developed that involve staff, the resident and resident’s family. Physicians are part of the team doing medications and examinations. Post-stroke patients regain abilities lost with physical occupational therapy, speech consultations, medications, and labs. Individual RN-LPN professional skills major concern balance quality of life and quality of care. Residents are encouraged to be independent and continue their social activity. Adult day…show more content…
Federal law requires all nursing homes to provide enough staff to adequately care for residents. However, no actually federal standards exist. Staffing requirements differ per state. Nursing homes certified by Medicare/Medicaid must have an Registered Nurse (RN) and Director of Nursing. An RN must be on duty eight hours a day, seven days a week. An RN’s role is to give pain medication, to prevent and minimize episodes of moderate to severe pain. An RN or Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) must be on duty the rest of the time. An LPN examines for pressure sores carefully as they can become dangerous infections and can become very painful. A Certified Nursing Aide (CNA) provide most day to day care and require 75 hours of training. The CNA helps residents function better by increasing their mobility through range of motion exercises, walking, and educate residents to reduce fall risks. Staffing also includes Activity Directors, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy. Staffing hours are reported to individual state survey agencies. However, these reports that the nursing staff presents do not give the average staff hours per resident. All people in direct health care support physicians need a criminal back ground check. Nursing homes are to reach nine goals of excellence in order to provide the highest possible physical, mental, and psychosocial wellbeing to each resident. The nine goal of excellence…show more content…
There is a higher mortality rate among elders who are abused. Psychological and social wellbeing important factors in maintaining a desire to live. Signs of elder abuse may be missed due to lack of detect abuse. The elderly may be fearful to report abuse as they fear retaliation. The elderly individual may lack cognitive or physical ability to report the incidents. The elderly may be fearful that their family member will get in trouble. It is reported that 90% of abusers are family members (NCEA, 2011). Abuse of the elderly is a world-wide problem. In the United States, it is reported that one half million reports of abuse against the elderly are filed every year. Millions more cases go unreported. An elder that is physical frail may have difficulty with sight, hearing and mobility can set them up as an easy target of abuse. Elderly abuse tends to occur where the elder lives with their adult children, grandchildren or their elder spouse. However, elder abuse can occur in long-term care facilities. There are different type of elder abuse such as physical abuse, emotional abuse (either verbal or non-verbal), sexual abuse, neglect or abandonment by caregivers, financial exploitation. There can also be health care fraud and abuse by unethical doctors, nurses, hospital personnel or other care providers. Sometimes a caregiver who is abusing the elder will try to explain away any signs or symptoms
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