Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Posted by Dr. El - April 26, 2017 - McKnight's LTC News, Personal Reflections - No Comments

Here’s my latest article on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. Perhaps you’ve had similar experiences as family members.

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Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident

Due to a series of unfortunate events, both of my previously independent parents were recently injured over the course of five weeks. In the past, I’d been the granddaughter, the niece and the daughter-in-law of someone in long-term care, but I’ve now taken on the very different role of daughter of a resident.

In between errands, trips to medical appointments and calls to the facility, I’ve been making mental notes of insights afforded me by my new perspective and that of my family members.

Here are some thoughts from someone who’s seen the long-term care world from both sides now:

• It’s worthwhile to have a pleasant and efficient receptionist. I don’t often call the facilities in which I work so it hasn’t affected me personally if the automated telephone system sends callers into a netherworld of options and hang-ups or if the receptionist is curt or bumbling.

As a family member, however, it’s tremendously reassuring to have a calm, competent individual answering questions and guiding me to the appropriate staff member.

• Visitor areas are scrutinized. While my general philosophy is that I’d much rather be in a place that focuses on emotional and physical comfort than on outward appearances, my visiting family members are definitely aware of disrepair, cleanliness levels and shabbiness.

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Insights on family-friendly care from Dr. El — the daughter of a new resident