Re: Quality Care
By Shannon Guthrie
April 08, 2008
I completely agree with the overall direction that Eileen Stated
in the "Quality of Care for Elders". Being a Care provider
myself, and having worked with the elderly for over a year, I
think that it is not only important for Care providers to being
competent of the job they are hired to do, but also compassionate
and caring for the person/people they work with. This is what
most people who enter the Health Care Field are aware of when
they make the decision to become whichever profession they choose.
But I KNOW that there are several
care givers out there that enter the field for not the great
feeling of accomplishment they get at the end of the day, but
more for the paycheck. These people are the care providers who
do the minimum of their job expected and then roll their eyes
when an elder says "I'm Cold" or "I'm Hungry".
These are also the people that have no desire to give, what the
Ketchikan General Hospital strives to achieve, "Compassionate
I have witnessed some situations in my time as a Care provider
in which other Care providers deliver aggressive care towards
patients, then have their behavior fall into "not doing
something wrong" category. As for defending the Health Care
workers that will sit and talk to the elderly about issues and
for us that do Delivery Quality Care, Great Job Folks! your all
one of a kind! Whether they have Alzheimer's and chat about being
twenty one years of age again, and not remember being married
with their husband sitting next to them, or they are just lonely
and need someone to come to about feelings of sadness and frustration.
This is what I personally strive to do in my profession, and
I know several others who try to do the same. We strive to make
a difference in someone's life.
Think of it like your shopping for a carton of eggs. If you don't
check them before you buy it, you may get home and find out that
a few are cracked but not have noticed by their outside appearance.
Be the best health Care provider you can be, even if it means
you aren't the fastest brief changer around, make that extra
effort to take your time, talk, and be gentle with the people
who most deserve it. Our families. Deliver what you think you
will deserve when you need it.
About: "Health Care Provider
for almost 3 years, Ketchikan Resident for about 21 years."
Received April 04, 2008 - Published
April 08, 2008
of Care for Elders By Eileen Small
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