---Over the past years that I have been here the state controllers have come once a year. Their objective, they say, is to help the resident by being sure that his rights are not being violated. Every year I tell them that…from the way I see it, we have a real communication problem between the residents and the staff. Every year they tell me that they can’t do anything about that…but, are we being told that snacks are available between meals and are we asked if we want any?
---They have a way of focusing on things that are NOT the main focus of everyone. They are quick to listen to any gripes that the residents have. Many residents throw the workers ‘‘under-the-bus’’ left and right. In the residents defense…some of the state people have a divisive way of asking things so that this may happen.
---It seems to me that the state people are very unrealistic and are far more concerned with the letter of the law than the spirit. They show up armed with there rules and regulations, under the guise that this is all done for the protection of the resident. They point out code violations left and right with the belief that if everything was up to code it would benefit the resident.
---I don’t take issue with if they are right or wrong. I take issue with the mindset and ignorance under which they labor. They take their cues from other clueless agencies on what is right and/or wrong or better and/or worse for the resident. I would be very surprised if they sat down with a bunch of savvy residents and talked about nursing home living. It sounds very much like the questions they ask came out of meetings that had with everyone projecting what it must be like to live in a nursing home...BUT - DO NOT.
---That is the basic problem as I see it. A lot of irrelevant questions and focuses from people who don’t really understand about the day-to-day living and goings on in a nursing home. I think that the objective that they think they will achieve...from doing things the way they do things...does NOT, for the most part, promote a happier and better environment where people enjoy themselves living or working.
---A very interesting listen. I think one can easily hear how things have evolved as they have. One of my own pet-peeves is that I don't think that they rehabilate the whole person at LHH. I think that they patch the leg or minimize the disease in a pretty good manner, but tend to decrease the all important decision making function of the individual they alledgedly rehab. They send him out less prepared and more vulnerable to a community more apt to use and abuse this individual/resident/patient than they once were.
---They for-all-intents-and-purposes took ALL the decisions away from the residents and had meetings that supposedly decided every possibility for the resident (that included all the furniture, placements, wall pictures, etc.,) so the resident would NOT defile the precious look of the NEW hospital alledgedly designed for him. Does it ever beg the question...what is wrong with this picture?
---I firmly believe that an effort should be made by the therapies department to restore the decision-making skills of the residents. Especially those that they send to the community. I think that an overhaul is needed in many cases and the bandage on cancer approach never gets to the heart-of-the-matter. I, also, think that the system has the brainpower to do it but falls short in their abilities to coordinate such an effort. I'm sorry if anyone is offended by this piece.
Jonah Lehrer: The Origins of Creative Insight & Why You Need Grit from 99U on Vimeo.
---Here is a video by an author that resident Frank A. (blind, Irish) has been speaking of for months upon months. He had brought the book to the Residents' Council and the Quality of Life-Performance Improvement Team. Give it a listen. It's great! Kudos Frank - Persistence!
. I realize that Jonah Lehrer got into trouble with the Bob Dylan story...but, i'm sure that it was over the facts of the story and NOT whether the truth of creativity mentioned is questionable.
LAUGHING ON THE INSIDE - (click)
.---This link speaks of the healing qualities that exist for those able to put their stories into a ''comedy act.'' At present, they speak of going into women's prison and teach those that are incarcerated...how to put their stories into a stand-up comedy routine. Those who participted benefitted greatly from this endeavor. It brings to mind the quote - ''If you can laugh at it, you can live with it.''
---I was thinking that something similar would benefit many of the folks who live at the hospital. Many, like the incarcerated women, have tremendously rich stories, but NO interesting way to vent them. This is only one way...but, it IS a way to benefit some of the folks that are here at the hospital.