Susan is the Director of Care for Comfort Keepers. She has asked to post columns about some of the situations she sees in her work that she feels should be discussed.
Mr. X had been placed in a local retirement home after his wife died a couple months ago, she was his caregiver. Mr. X has late stages Alzheimer’s disease. He has lived in the area his entire life. He has one child who lives out of the area and can only see him once a month. We have provided home care a couple days per week to both Mr. and Mrs. X in their home till Mrs. X passed away. The family chose to place Mr. X after the hospital told his family this was their only option (wrong we do 24/7 home care). The family chose to still have us visit with Mr. X every day to ensure someone checks in on him.
The urgent call came in this morning from my PSW who was horrified and angered at what she found when she came in to her client, Mr. X, today….he stood there in the middle of his room, 84 years old and covered in feces from head to toe, and his room was covered as well. This is not the first time we have found Mr. X in this predicament. My PSW’s in tears demanding that someone be responsible for not checking in and taking care of him better. $3000/month has to get you something better than this!
The fancy walls and lovely lobbies, and grand dining rooms hide some pretty nasty secrets. Long and short of this I have spoken to the Director of Care at this facility about this before and the response all the time is….”we’re short staffed, Mr. X needs a lot of care and we just don’t have time to watch him all the time”.
If you have a loved one living in a retirement home or nursing home please do regular surprise visits or if you can’t do them consider hiring Home Care. Checking on your loved one on a regular base, will help provide the additional needed care they truly require…better yet before you decide on moving into a facility look at your options for staying home! $3000/month can get you quite a bit of care in the comfort of your own home using Home Care services.