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Letter: Nursing home residents deserve high quality care

Nursing home residents deserve high quality care

While I agree that an increase in hospital bedside nursing can prevent complications and decrease length of stays, we should also include nursing homes. Whether a resident is there for rehab or long term, there should be an appropriate number of RNs and LPNs who have the time to do more than pass medications. These residents deserve a quality of life that is more than just existing. The staffing should also include reliable CNAs. Nursing homes shouldn’t have to depend on agency personnel to patch up their loss of staff.

When I visit my uncle in a local facility, I have to repeat the same requests that I had addressed at the last visit. For example, it’s 2:30 p.m. and he’s still in bed, not bathed and with a full urinal on the table where he eats his meals! No one sees the dirty table or full urinal? And of course, lights are on all the way down the hall, with staff congregated at the nurses station.

As in any profession, you’ve got good and bad. You can have all the staff you need, but if they don’t care about their jobs, it shows in the care given. If only we would wake up and realize that one day, that may be us in that bed. There but for the grace of God, go I.

Mary Beals