Anna Mae Halgrim Seaver felt powerless. The words she used to describe the nursing home facility and her treatment forced me to imagine myself in a nursing home. I have never experienced what Ms. Seaver went through, and I can assume that no nursing home facility has experienced it either. Above all, the main thing that could have been done to make her life more tolerable is educating the staff members of the facility and staff members in general in the health care field on what it is like to live in a nursing care facility. Imagine living the majority of your life as a teacher with a degree in music, or the founder of a multimillion-dollar company, imagine having individuals learn from you and respect you throughout your life and then suddenly have that taken away. Educating staff on the importance of upholding respect for patients is important, we need to make every patient feel safe and being respectful plays a large part in doing so.
The attitude towards her placement in the nursing home is more of a sad acceptance. Ms. Seaver understands she is getting older and that with aging you may lose control over your bowels or be unable to walk because your bones become a little weaker over time, but her mind is still there, yet she is treated as if she has lost it. Ms. Seaver accepts why she has been placed in a nursing home but she is incredibly unhappy that her independence and privacy has been taken away.
I’m not entirely sure if her family had other options.
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As a registered nurse practicing in the state of California I am responsible for practicing within my states legal regulations and nursing scope of practice. My concern for the welfare of the sick and injured allows me to practice ethical provisions of nursing. These are required if I am to carry out competent and effective nursing care. Nursing encompasses the prevention of illness, the alleviation of suffering, and the protection, promotion, and restoration of health in the care of individuals. Therefore, as health care professionals we must be familiar with the different philosophical forces, ethical principles, theories and values that influence nursing. At the same time, we must be respectful to our patient’s
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Like demonstrated in chapter four of the book, they lose all sense of independence and privacy, and are forced to get dressed, take their medicine or do activities when told to instead of being able to decide for themselves. With the idea of assisted living, Keren Wilson will allow her mother to “be Jesse again, a person living in a apartment instead of a patient in a bed.”(Gawande, 2014, p. 89). I feel it is important to treat those with serious infirmities, like physical or mental weakness, with respect and independence because many of them don’t have a say or voice on where they are placed. They are unable to live on their own so they are forced to be put in nursing homes, where they become sheltered, abandoned, and sadly sometimes forgotten. This is why showing them respect, dignity, and giving them some independence will go a long way.
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The lack of attention to the aesthetics of the facility not only created a depressive feel, but also created sanitation issues. Caroline described the staff often placing soiled linens and used bed pans out in the hall for hours without being attended to. For Caroline, this exacerbated the painfulness of this already emotional transition for her when she first arrived. And even though Caroline’s room was cleaned by the staff prior to moving in, it still presented as dirty and with a foul order. The food at the nursing home was unappealing and often leads to the decrease in appetite of most of the residents. In addition, the fact that Caroline was the only female client posed a threat to her development of a support system and created an uncomfortable environment.
Mrs. Seaver was placed in the nursing home because that is what her children thought was best for her. Her children deemed her too old and incapable of deciding what was good for her so they took it upon themselves to make the decision. The loss of her independence began with her children and it only got worse from there. Mrs. Seaver did not get a say in how she wanted to live the remainder of her life. She gave up her house; she gave up all of her belongings and her old life only to be moved into a small room in a nursing home with a roommate. The emotional toll of making that big of a life change at that age is inconceivable. Mrs. Seaver describes that she gets a visitor every now and then and then they will return to the outside world.
Having to struggle through life with many difficult obstacles and problems. Not knowing how to get through the depressing and dark parts within life. This is what people go through on a daily basis, a lot happens during the course of a person's life. But how the actions taken on to becoming a proud and happy person is by the certain, specific choices and hard decisions that are made. This is shown in pieces of texts from the following poems. “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley and “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes both bring the deep thoughts together that nobody's life is perfect, everyone has struggles within life but there is always a way to get past the difficult times.
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