Written orders are important if the patient is in a facility. Family members must participate in this process to determine that needs are met.
Ontario has too many lousy for-profit long-term care homes (about 500/640 institutions).
•Bathing: often only weekly.
•Personal Hygiene: dental care, nail and footcare. Hand washing!
•Cognition: reminders of the day date time and appropriate activities and events.
•Behavior: praise the good, redirect the bad. Medications if only necessary.
•Dressing: appropriate choices for the weather, and the temperature of the institution.
•Grooming: hair, face, hands.
•Eating: frequency and portion control.
•Elimination (Toileting, including bowel and bladder hand washing!
•Mobility: exercising and strengthening (PT).
•Transfers: moving residents regularly, not sitting uncomfortably for hours in a wheelchair. Enough staff following mealtimes. Working equipment. Detailed procedures and posters (OT).
• Medications: a clear chart of what and when, delivered on time.
Housekeeping, cooking, laundry and cleaning are not part of patient care.
"Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay nor an offence for which people should be penalised. but a misfortune. The cost of which should be shared by the commmunity. " ~Aneuryn Bevan. Founder of the NHS
"I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside."
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