Nursing Homes and Diapers
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Check out blogger Rositta’s (a self-described cynical "middle-aged broad") take on the issue.
Wherever your parents happen to live, if they're in a nursing home, staffing is critical, especially when it comes down to how best to care for our elders in diapers. Talk about being vulnerable. They are -- especially when we can't check on them as often as we'd like.
Being a strong advocate can help. Here are some tips:
- Ask your parents’ nursing staff how often they change diapers. Some do this on a regular schedule, regardless of use. Others change as needed. Ask to see charts documenting changes.
- Talk to your parents about their diaper comfort. Not an easy topic, I know, but they may be relieved to confide in someone. Are they feeling OK, or can something be done differently.
- Check your parents’ bodies for rashes or redness in the private areas. If you see anything unusual, immediately tell and show the nursing staff.
- Talk to staff about any concerns. Thenwork with them on changes.
If you aren’t feeling reassured, consult with your parents’ long-term care ombudsman, a federally funded service that helps nursing home residents address care concerns. To find your parents’ ombudsman, use this handy state-by-state tool from the National Citizen’s Coalition for Nursing Home Reform.
Image by Flickr user jcortel under the Creative Commons attribution license.
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