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Reasons for staff failure to report abuse of residents in nursing homes


Please, please let there be more emphasis by owners and managers to train all staff to understand the individual needs and frustrations of those living in care homes so that patients do not retaliate unco-operatively to simple ignorance by staff. Some staff, even qualified nurses, seem to believe that behaviours resulting from dementia and sensory loss are deliberately awkward when the patients are just slow, upset, lacking understanding and fearful of what is happening in their own bodies and the environment and at a time when often the enjoyable activities they had in their lives are much reduced and not replaced by activities in the homes - even music of the era when they were youthful can help improve mood. And staff need to understand that they are important for doing work that is valuable so they need to look after themselves (drink and take proper breaks) so that they can look after our distressed elders in the best ways possible. Caring for people in care homes is not just about physical work. There is a lot of physical work but care interventions can be used as a way of socialisation too. The extra time used like this is easily clawed back by having a more alert and happier patient to work with. There is massive over-dependence on psychiatric drugs which helps no-one but the shareholders of the pharmaceutical companies. Difficult behaviours from patients, where physical causes have been eliminated first, need addressed with behavioural remedies from staff. When this part of care is achieved the reward to staff and patients and business owners alike is where satisfaction can be gained, resulting in the good atmosphere that most would like to live in, work in or be the proud owners of. So training, training, training and more training!

Posted date

30 June, 2017

Posted time

8:35 am