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Unfortunately for our elderly, many of them have some degree of dementia and are unaware of what is going on around them. These nursing home employees are well aware of that. So, if they can show up, take their breaks, have lunch and go home, that is what they are there to do. I understand it is very easy to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, so it's not like someone with lots of training and skill is interacting with your loved one. Please people, wake up and visit anyone you have in a nursing home on a regular basis. I am sure there are those that do their job and care, but I think there are many who are negligent. It's heartbreaking for the elderly!
I work in a nursing for around 12 years now. there always staffed to the minimal. its all about what's there payer source.
the upper management say they care about there employees but its all about keeping the nursing home under budget and all the beds full. so that makes the staff become a clock in clock out I hate this job the administration don't care about us so we care but not enough to go the extra mile anymore. then you have lets bring in contracted services for the
housekeeping department to save even more money. first thing they do is cut housekeeping staff to the bare. now you have a under staffed nursing home. they buy cheaper cleaning supplies to save money, so even though the cleaning crew does its job the smell just doesn't go away.
It's not true that there are NO good nursing homes! I have worked as a cosmetologist for 24 yrs. in a very well run long term healthcare facility in Shoreline ,Washington at Cristwood ...also known as Crista .
What ann12344 described is certainly out there...but I would never make a blanket statement like that. You need to do your research to find the best ones, however. Where I work, its' a non-profit establishment and not a big chain. Also when inspectors come ,they demand more from our facility since its' basically on the "A" list. If a facility is rated at the top, its' the "gold standard" in the industry...and so we are" held to a higher bar " and are expected to maintain it. We have a nursing center ( with two "neighborhoods" devoted to rehab patients), assisted living, and apartments...plus a school for K-12th grade and a radio station ...all on one campus.
The only reason I mention all this is because sometimes one way to tell about a nursing home--or any joint--is to sit down for a face-to-face so's to get a feel of the 'office culture' among staff...because it's obviously the staff who will care for your loved one. Just a thought.
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