It’s National Nursing Assistants’ Week. Across the country people are giving out t-shirts, pens, button and unfortunately, lots of meaningless praise.
“The nursing assistants are the most important people in the facility.”
I hear that statement all the time, and it makes me cringe, because usually the person uttering it is doing little about it.
Do you know what a “get up” is?
It’s the compassionless phrase many staff members in aging services use to describe the people that are woken up before they really want to be.
Over the years, I have met with thousands of staff members and unfortunately have heard the phrase “get ups” used more often than you would imagine.
Dr. Seuss released “You’re Only Old Once” on his 82nd birthday. It’s a tale of a man enduring long waits in the Golden Years Clinic for strange tests he knows nothing about.
Throughout it, he is progressively stripped of his clothing, as well as his self-respect, unable to share his thoughts with anyone who will actually listen.
I have never been a huge fan of the term “culture change” and not long ago my ten-year-old son’s comments reminded me why…
“Mom all you do is talk about culture change! Isn’t it rude to tell someone to change their culture?”
He then went on to say how he would be highly insulted if someone asked him to change his culture.
What you did for me over the last year is remarkable!
This month marks the one-year anniversary of my company.
It started with a friend and former colleague calling to say, “I heard you were thinking of starting your own business; if you do I will be your first customer.”
For a long time how I had thought that I would love to meet the needs I was seeing in long-term care in a unique way.