I have just updated C2NN News for April 2014, there is 3 pages to todays and I hope you will find the articles interesting, if so please note and maybe leave a comment at the same time, thank you, please see the links below,
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Noted and commented Ray and great articles. Keep up the great work.
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I have just updated C2NN News for 27th April 2014, there is 2 pages to todays and I hope you will find the articles interesting, if so please note and maybe leave a comment at the same time, thank you, please see the links below,
Please note, there is a few Political US Threads on C2NN News today,
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Noted. I would like to add, that as a care assistant, I thought Panorama was being biased against care assistants. I shall go & watch the whole programme then write about it.
From the two clips I saw I can say this:
The woman calling nurse & no one came:
Many people with dementia call out nurse, help, etc all the time. Care staff are often short staffed and have to help a group of people, they simply can not give all their time to just one person, they have to work out if that person really needs help, or might be busy helping other people!
The woman called a vicious, nasty old woman
It was not the right thing to say, but without context it looks horrible. People with dementia often don't understand that care staff are trying to help them. They will often, kick, punch, bite, or attack staff (I've been stabbed & pushed down stairs, bitten, hit with walking sticks!) I bet that the woman in the story was attacking staff who were trying to help her!
Care staff are only human, & can get tired thus say things that they do not mean, especailly when dealling with vicious, nasty old women!
I stand by what I said, the programme was biased. Abuse is very rare, & care staff do their best. It is up to the government to provide proper funding & better training standards. I think we should use the Filipino system of two year training course at an A level standard (I don't know what that is in the US system) We do have NVQs but they are useless!
John, I am a CNA and still maintain my license. That stands for Certified Nurse Assistant. I had to complete a 9 month course of study, work 2500 hours in a licensed nursing facility and then take a special course for HIV and AIDS and additional in-service training courses totaling 22 hours a year.
I worked for over 10 years both in private duty and then in a facility and know exactly what you are saying. It is one of the most necessary and yet thankless jobs you can have. So many families are willing to dump their family member in a facility and never come to visit or show any further interest. Those are the people you feel so sorry about. Then there are family members that are excellent about visiting and do so care for their family member.
The patients can be very abusive, yes. Altzheimer's Disease has a really bad affect because as the disease progresses the person can get very violent. I had one man that broke my rib, two of my fingers, smashed a lamp against my head, pushed me up against a wall and punched me in the stomach. He also picked up one of the other patients, a 145 pound woman confined to a wheelchair; he picked her up, wheelchair and all, and threw the chair and lady across the room. He was about 6'0" tall and weighed about 180 pounds and did not look to be that strong, but the disease seemed to give him abnormal strength.
All you have stated about the abuse to caregivers is very real and accurate, not to ignore the verbal abuse as well. We are expected to take that without being verbally insulting to the patient and 99% of the time that is the case. There is always that 1% of the time when a caregiver is so tired, had such a hard day, suffered a lot of abuse from patients and just forgets and makes a comment. Not right, but understandable if you were to follow that caregiver around all day and see what they have experienced.
There are even those patients that are in comiplete control of their actions that can be abusive, too and that is inexcusable. Caregivers are expected to take it and should not have to do that.
So, John, hear you loud and clear and you stated it all very accurately and well.