My stomach, quite frankly, turns when I read that in my State of Missouri there is a philosophy, as in others, of “taking your time” to use “An Organizational Readiness Assessment Tool” for Cultural Change – change that refocuses from an institution mentality to a human being mentality.
Really??? I’ve not visited one that has any type of examination room to provide privacy for examinations. What about equipment? Do they have any medical equipment? Resuscitation Paddles? Guess everyone’s supposed to just “pass” once they move through those doors?
From what I’ve seen, everything has to be “brought in” by a medical service; many of the services “just happen” to be owned and/or operated by the same people who own the facilities.
Medical equipment at every LTC facility I’ve visited is “brought in” and not kept on premises.
And don’t get me started on the incapabilities of the LPN’s to catherize or to get a Urine sample through catherization. TRUST ME, you’d run as fast as you could away from this type of “medical care” because you’re able. Our Seniors have to take what they’re given, endure whatever “haphazard” pokes and resulting infections they receive AND THEN WE, THE PUBLIC, ARE TOLD HOW RAMPANT URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS ARE IN LONG TERM CARE FACILITIES!
LPN’S are the highest level of medical service mandated within a Long Term Care Facility in the State of Missouri any time after the “regular” Day Shift, usually between the hours of 7 AM and 5 PM.
To me, if I'm supposedly in a Medical Facility, like a Hospital, or this "step down" which is what LTC's are supposed to be, I want someone trained and experienced at a higher level of medical expertise, an RN, at least "1" for the whole facility, around the clock.
Truth will set you free but first truth will make you sick to your stomach if you face it and see if for what it is.