Hidden Neglect Abuse
Neglect is the most prevalent form of abuse in long-term care. “Everybody is somebody until they die,” says one nursing assistant, yet all too often, this basic premise is ignored.
In this DVD, Dr. Georgia Stevens leads a discussion of nursing assistants who define neglect. The traditional definition of neglect includes: not providing appropriate ADL care; not changing soiled residents; not responding to call bells; ignoring reported pain; and allowing residents to stay for extended period of time alone in their room. But nursing assistants point out, neglect goes far beyond these things. They expand the definition to include: not knowing who a resident is; ignoring who a resident is as a person; and not recognizing a resident’s individuality. Not knowing what a person likes to do, not knowing about personal preferences, and not respecting choices are all neglect and are all abuse.
Staff development in long-term care and assisted living as well as students in health professional training programs will benefit from the information presented by this DVD.
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