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Old 12-08-2013, 11:41 PM   #121
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When I worked at a convalescent hospital and nursing home, I don't think anyone had been trained in restraints. They tied patients to their chairs and beds and potty chairs with a special wide piece of fabric. I thought it was awful. I said they should get bean bag chairs and anyone who could get out if it was probably okay to walk around.
They used to tie patients in their chair. in this country. But a major lawsuit was brought about and the practice was ruled illegal and a form of kidnapping.
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:49 PM   #122
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They used to tie patients in their chair. in this country. But a major lawsuit was brought about and the practice was ruled illegal and a form of kidnapping.
I don't know if they do it anymore here. This was in the mid '70s.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:08 AM   #123
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PF at Winthrop they have chair pads that if the patient stands up an alarm sounds. Also, the patients at risk of falling have a sticker placed on their back where it can be seen very easily that says FALLING and is shaped like a cartoon explosion balloon. It is bright red. Can't miss it. The system seems to work. They did have one patient die in her chair. Everyone thought she fell asleep. Come lunch time, when they went to wake her up, they made the discovery.
We have the seat alarms, too...like I said before, you hear the alarm and it means, "I'm on the floor, come pick me up." They always forget these people are demented, not stupid...they figure out how to get around the alarms. And they are not always in our line of sight.
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Old 12-09-2013, 12:33 AM   #124
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We have the seat alarms, too...like I said before, you hear the alarm and it means, "I'm on the floor, come pick me up." They always forget these people are demented, not stupid...they figure out how to get around the alarms. And they are not always in our line of sight.
We have aides assigned to each table in the day room and I have to say, they are right there when they hear the alarm. We have one that sits at the Knitting Club table and we all keep an eye on her. There are five tables, and seven aides. The extra two are for taking a patient to the bathroom.
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Old 12-09-2013, 07:52 AM   #125
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That's a nice staffing ratio, ours is 1:14 and our residents go to their rooms, they are not all sitting in one room for the day. In a facility of 182 beds, it's difficult to keep folks from falling if they are determined to get up and fall.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:22 AM   #126
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No falling down today. For any reason. No icy steps, no slippery floors and no getting up from a chair if assistance is needed.

Good Morning. I finally woke up early enough to wish you all a good and cheerful day.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:36 AM   #127
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That's a nice staffing ratio, ours is 1:14 and our residents go to their rooms, they are not all sitting in one room for the day. In a facility of 182 beds, it's difficult to keep folks from falling if they are determined to get up and fall.
Winthrop has a very large day room. The residents there get up in the morning, get dressed, have breakfast in the day room. Day trips in good weather are planned. They also have a fenced in patio where they can sit outside in warm weather. They have parties, have sing a-longs, etc. Some of these patients are very frail and are the ones with the alarm pads and stickers. Some are in the very first stages of Alzheimer's. Then there are some advanced Alzheimer patients that stay behind locked doors and do not come into the day room. These are patients that have become violent in the past. They have their own day room where they are free to play the piano, have an aide work on a one/one basis is needed, and are watched closely.

Then there are patients like myself. We live in our own homes, and go to Winthrop at least once a month for our vitals to be checked and any other problems checked. We have a re-evaluation every six months to make sure our mental state has not deteriorated. Every time I am re-evaluated, when they are through, they send a letter to Poo (my medical proxy) and let him know the results. The re-evaluation consists of my meeting with every member of my medical team starting with my doctor for a physical exam, the NP, social worker, head nurse, dietician, physical therapist, a complete blood workup, and a home visit to make sure I am safe in my home. I have available to me if I choose to ask for it, a housekeeper that will come every day if needed, a pick up laundry service that will wash, dry fold and bring back my laundry wrapped in brown paper. Meals on Wheels, carpet cleaning every six months and windows washed once a year. Anything I want or need is mine just for the asking. From extra safety bars to my scooter. I also have a "Help, I have fallen" service.

They are well staffed. And our care is very comprehensive. I know I bitch about it being invasive a lot, but all in all, I don't have any medical worries. I am very fortunate. I get for $233.00 a months rent, all the heat, hot water and electricity that I choose to use along with building and grounds maintenance .
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Plus you have your family to look out with you too Addie. That's a blessing.
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Old 12-09-2013, 08:55 AM   #129
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Good day everyone.

Lousy wintery weather today.
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Whiskadoodle, feel free to wish us a good afternoon too! Nice to see you.

Morning msm, PF, Addie. Hope you all have lovely days. I'm off to restrain my coworkers!
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