NURSING HOME DOís & DONíTís
By: Shelley Placito, MSW
old family photos. The residentís remote memory is generally better
than their recent memory.
favorite snack if the nurse says that it is compatible with the residentís
medical condition and dietary orders. Residents are provided meals and
snacks that are compliant with their doctorís orders.
family pet for a visit if the resident is close to the pet and the petís
vaccination records have been filed with and approved by the Administrator.
free to speak with other residents. A simple exchange of pleasantries such
as ďGood MorningĒ can open a dialog and brighten a seniorís day.
for assistance if your loved one needs help with moving, changing, bathing,
transferring, et cetera.
your loved one out on pass if their medical condition permits. Residents
can be taken out for a lunch date, a hair cut or a shopping trip if their
condition allows it. Medicaid even allows for up to 15 overnight visits per
overwhelm your loved one with photos of recent family additions which may
not be recognizable to him or her.
bring foods that are not allowed on your loved oneís diet. Donít share food
with other residents unless you have permission to do so from the nurse.
Many residents are diabetic and others have difficulty swallowing.
bring pets that are too lively, loud or hard to handle. Donít bring pets
whoís vaccination record has not been filed with and approved by the
go into another residentís room or inquire about their condition as privacy
laws prohibit our answering such inquiries. Never give food, drinks or
money to a resident whose medical history you arenít familiar with. Do not
give cigarettes to or light cigarettes for a resident without first
consulting with their nurse.
attempt to move, transfer, change or bathe your loved one. Doing so puts
you and your loved one at risk for injury.
take other residents out on pass without first obtaining the approval of the
Administrator. Many residents have special needs and families must be
notified prior to their going out on pass.