What is it Like in a Long Term Care Facility?

I can’t say thank you enough to all the aids, nurses and others who help take care of those who cannot care for themselves.

This has really been in and out my mind the last few weeks and I can’t quite shake it…I was working at a facility at one of the nurse’s stations and was watching a worker absolutely loving on a resident, treating them as if they were their own flesh and blood. Being outside the ring of direct resident care, I don’t get to pay a ton of attention to the residents, but enjoy the time I do get to share with them. The way the staff member was treating this resident should’ve been a training video for how to treat people with kindness, love, and respect. – Then I almost got a little choked up and felt sadness overtake me. I wasn’t sad for the resident’s situation, or the difficult job that the worker has, but because I knew that this would never be a headline in a newspaper, or on the evening news, or a viral video everyone sends to their friends. So to those not familiar with the ins and outs of nursing home care, I’d like to challenge you to think a little differently the next time you see a headline about neglect, abuse, or theft and just understand the headlines you see are not the norm.

Written By Eric Christianson

March 5, 2014

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