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Old 13-12-08, 12:13 PM   #1
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the problem:

how, when you decide on a change for your loved one (it could be a recommendation of clothing to be worn, a fav tv prog to be on at a certain time, a treat, an occassion to be talked about, an impending visit), do you tell every one of the carers in the nursing home?
( I know every one of the staff in the NH but still do not know who is on shift next and when...)

possible solution/s:
* have the idea written into the 'care plan' for your loved one
* ask the carers to 'pass on' the info
* ask the nurses to inform each carer of the new info
* leave post it notes for carers to read and act on

my latest strategy! - a whiteboard in V's room!(fixed by NH staff after I discussed the idea with Home Manager- a lovely approachable lady)

yep, a whiteboard and some markers and I can now leave messages and info that can be read easily by all who attend my Wife's room.
I can write Christmas messages, requests for them to trim V's fingernails (if I forget to take nail clippers doh! requests for new clothes to be tried and feedback given)

Hopefully the 'dialogue' between the carers and myself(I have a brill realationship and they all look after me and V with lots of love) will be enhanced by the whiteboard but I will let you know if it works out!

-Latest message for my whiteboard was the announcement of our Wedding Anniversary and that gave them, the visitors to V's room, something new to talk to V about... good eh? Keep giving them things to chat about and your loved one gets the benefit! - end product = one happy me!

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Old 13-12-08, 12:44 PM   #2
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Default Re: sharing info with all NH carers...

hiya Jacqueline,

thanks for the kind words.

-and yes, it is a wonderful NH.



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Old 13-12-08, 01:42 PM   #3
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Hi Brian

Just want to add that I think that the whiteboard is a great idea!

Going back to when my Mum was struggling to communicate we had a board
with words and pictures and I think the alphabet. Mum could point to the relevant part to start her question/ need.
I always felt that it could be better and plan to make one before the need gets too desperate for me.

Coming to more recent years, my Dad has been in a nursing home for I think
it's 3 years, this will be his 4th Christmas. He has Alzheimer's.

Before he went into the nursing home I used to visit every Wednesday.
I used to take him shopping,water the plants, washing etc

When he went into the home I still visited on a Wed pm which I was still trying to do (thoughfar less often) when I had to give up driving.

Sorry about the looong ramble it was to say I used to write notes on a little notebook for bro sis or carers. The whiteboard sounds like a really great solution

Happy Anniversary Brian to you and V

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DT, JillB, girls! thanks for the contributions... it makes me feel good to hear your lovely words...


I am smiling now.


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Old 13-12-08, 02:29 PM   #5
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Another good idea Brian.
It can be frustrating to have to repeat information over and over to different members of staff. I have had to resort to putting up notices to get my point across so I'll certainly discuss this option with the NH staff.
Thanks for the suggestion.

Best wishes
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Old 13-12-08, 02:39 PM   #6
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[QUOTEIt can be frustrating to have to repeat information over and over to different members of staff. I have had to resort to putting up notices to get my point across ][/QUOTE]

yep, post it's can be a mixed blessing and repeating info can seem like overkill some days eh San?



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Brian,
White board a great idea.
Can be a chore working out who is doing what in NH, at Jack's they list who is on duty and where 1 to 1 care who is the carer. This help get right one.
Ot certainly helps to build up good relationships and communication with the staff.
My problem is me remembering names.
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Quote:
My problem is me remembering names.
names...phew mmm know the feeling... I always joke about name badges but it doesn't half help me.



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Brian,
I found working with Yanks good cause they wear name badges, think they are a great idea.
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I found working with Yanks good
phew ... steady on...

Remember, I have worked offshore and met John Wayne many times!

and just so the Aussies don't feel left out I have met a few cobbers who claim to have caught Jaws!

in fact if you care to name a race or creed I have a tall story to match!

or to put it another way... if you weren't born in our street then I prob' have a prejudice and a story!!!

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