Comments for Dr. Eleanor Barbera | My Better Nursing Home http://www.mybetternursinghome.com Sat, 03 Jun 2017 19:14:18 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Comment on The violent workplace by Imogene Pillsbury http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/the-violent-workplace/#comment-65706 Sat, 03 Jun 2017 19:14:18 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=6468#comment-65706 thank you for reminding your readers of residents frequent physical abuse against staff. Although it is a result of their deteriorating condition and not conscious, oriented intent, longterm cares reputation for workplace violence comes as consequence of the many physical interactions between residents and staff. It is much less from the occurrence of staff to staff or staff to employer.

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Comment on Join me for the ‘Relaxed Lane’ challenge! by William Eadie http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/join-me-for-the-relaxed-lane-challenge/#comment-65690 Sat, 25 Mar 2017 19:30:29 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=6432#comment-65690 What a great idea, especially for those trying to age in place. I’m in my 30’s and I find checking out at the grocery store a little stressful myself. I can’t imagine if I was needing to move more slowly to stay safe and balanced, handling coupons, or managing a tight budget.

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Comment on Call Bell Crazy? 6 Tips for Taming Overuse by Dr. El http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/call-bell-crazy-6-tips-for-taming-overuse/#comment-65598 Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:57:27 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=3820#comment-65598 Thank you, FBGMF, for your dedication to your job and the residents! Perhaps you can bring your insights to work with the management or union within your facility to positively influence the environment there. As I commented before, if there are call bell over-users with chronically complaining families, the consulting psychologist might be of help. Also, providing my book, The Savvy Resident’s Guide, to new residents and families can help set more realistic expectations with regard to this and other issues.

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Comment on Call Bell Crazy? 6 Tips for Taming Overuse by FrustratedButGlassMostlyFull http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/call-bell-crazy-6-tips-for-taming-overuse/#comment-65590 Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:56:42 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=3820#comment-65590 Lol right an occasional call lighthere and there, to ask for someone to bring her coffee. Another article that gives some and I emphasize some insight into possible practical and sensible solutions that may help some reduction but not all, especially problematic call light abusers that also become chronic complainers and family members involved in complaining that we don’t respond fast enough or to every whim. But yet another typical problem that doesn’t address the real root of the problem which is willingness on administration and money holders to address and implement programs that feel it’s better to threaten or replace low paid front line CNAs soldiers than to spend time effort and money by higher ups managers or outside company to educate residents. It’s like this with nurses at hospitals too, they know running understaffed and throwing front line workers under the bus to save their own butts and cut into profit loss and potential bonuses or promotions is more easy and beneficial. Even most of the front line workers know that the long term benefits of an ounce of prevention provides a pound of cure and for them a penny spent can bring a dollar here by upping patient satisfaction rateings , potential claims and settlements and per yaps higher profitability that they may care first about or sustainability which is important for all. I’d like to see articles that stop placing more burden on frontline and those that put the emphasis on lazy underperforming non supportive administrators and money grabbers as the real root of the problem. Don’t forget care workers answer hundreds of call lights each week , week in and week out for years and for a fraction of what is earned by admins and financial stakeholders and most would never ever want to do this work for one week.

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Comment on 4 ways to find out why your aides are leaving by Audrey Atkinson http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/4-ways-to-find-out-why-your-aides-are-leaving/#comment-65408 Thu, 02 Feb 2017 05:16:12 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=6340#comment-65408 Lack of nursing assistant
Residents that are homeless are no where to go take it out in the hard working assistance.
Then you try again with a different approach same thing are he no Day u think try again then they don’t like nor want you.

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Comment on A Ceremony to Acknowledge the Death of a Resident by Dr. El http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/a-ceremony-to-acknowledge-the-death-of-a-resident/#comment-65339 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 14:14:25 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/a-ceremony-to-acknowledge-the-death-of-a-resident/#comment-65339 Hi Victoria, I suggest asking the residents what they would like.

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Comment on A Ceremony to Acknowledge the Death of a Resident by Victoria http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/a-ceremony-to-acknowledge-the-death-of-a-resident/#comment-65335 Wed, 25 Jan 2017 21:40:11 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/a-ceremony-to-acknowledge-the-death-of-a-resident/#comment-65335 Hi I am a student and I intern at a nursing home. Twice a year the nursing home has a ceremony for losses. Our Social services department wanted the interns to put something special together. I have some ideas but any others would be welcomed.

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Comment on 10 Great Reasons to Volunteer in a Nursing Home by Dr. El http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/10-great-reasons-to-volunteer-in-a-nursing-home/#comment-65318 Tue, 24 Jan 2017 17:03:11 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/10-great-reasons-to-volunteer-in-a-nursing-home/#comment-65318 Dear Joye, I know exactly what you’re saying. I’ve often thought that I could spend my entire day at the nursing home acting as a general “helper” for everyone and still there would be more that could be done. It’s difficult to see people in need and not to be able to help them. I think your idea of setting up a volunteer program at the nursing home is an excellent one. You could certainly talk to the current director and see what he says. Volunteers are frequently managed by the recreation director if there is no volunteer director position, so the recreation director might be another person to speak with at the facility. Before you do that, though, I’d encourage you to think about what you’re hoping to get from doing this and whether you have the time and emotional resources to run a volunteer program. If you’d like to speak with me about this in more detail, feel free to set up a coaching session via the Speaking, Coaching, Biz Consultation page.

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Comment on 10 Great Reasons to Volunteer in a Nursing Home by Joye http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/10-great-reasons-to-volunteer-in-a-nursing-home/#comment-65301 Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:40:14 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/10-great-reasons-to-volunteer-in-a-nursing-home/#comment-65301 My sister has parkinson’s disease and has been in a nursing home for 3 years. While we speak on the phone every day, It is very difficult for me to go and visit her. It is not her, it is the facility.I work full time and go when I can. When I go in many of the residents are lined up in the corridors just sitting there, gazing out into space. It is heartbreaking. I try and do what I can for her when I am there. Many times she complains of little things like getting her another blanket. Or more water, Things we take for granted but they just cant do anymore. They do not have enough CNA’s to cover all the people that are there. I know if there were volunteers to help with the minor things for the residents that take the valuable time from the CNA’s it would be a huge help to the staff. I thought about starting up a volunteer program at the nursing home, but do not know where to start. The Director that is presenting there is only temporary since the previous director was let go. I have met with him and he is a very caring person. Should I contact him and see if this is something that this facility would accept? And possibly he could direct me to the next step in the process. Dr. El, what do you suggest?

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Comment on Creative activities for residents with dementia (McKnight’s LTC News) by Dr. El http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/creative-activities-for-residents-with-dementia-mcknights-ltc-news/#comment-65056 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:22:46 +0000 http://www.mybetternursinghome.com/?p=5853#comment-65056 Michele, I can see how enjoyable the balloon volley could be for the resident with Parkinson’s, allowing her to connect with you and be physically active in a playful, manageable way. I once helped out a recreation therapist playing a balloon volleyball game with a large group of residents on either side of the net — he was keeping the ball in play on his side with his team and me on my side with my team and it was fun for everyone. I was surprised at how much fun it was — more than it might seem from watching on the sidelines.

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