I know alot of you are aware that we have been having a bit of troubles where I work. Well, we have been revisited by the State Inspectors and I am convinced they are out to get us or maybe it is the corporation that has taken over that they are out to get. Maybe its just a real test for many of us who do trust in the Lord but what ever it is we have been on the hot seat since July when all of this started.
Anyway we still haven't past all of the strikes against us. They did clear us of many of the more serious cites but at the exit meeting today, we were told that it is a dignity issue when assisting to feed residents if they have a banana and a staff member assists them by peeling said banana and then placing the peeling on the table, that is a dignity problem.!!!!!???
Now, I'm not real clear on whose dignity has been trampled on but when I eat a banana at home I recall peeling it and setting aside the peel on the table until I'm finished eating and generally take care of the peel when clearing the table.. Maybe it is the dignity of the banana itself because after all it has just been stripped naked with its protective clothing just throw aside. Maybe the banana wouldn't feel so bad if it's covering was immediately thrown away so it would forget it was once dressed in a bright yellow jacket. Of course when the staff member gets up and throws the peeling in the trash bucket they must then leave the room to wash their hands before returning to assist feeding the resident. If any of you have worked with the elderly before you know a multitude of things can happen if left unattended when they require assistance with eating.
This is just one of similar citations that we were given on this last visit. Some we did deserve I will not argue that but is that a little picky??? We have tired to make this institution as friendly and as homey place that these precious people call HOME in the last years of their lives but whenever it becomes more homelike we are called on the carpet with things like this.
I'm wondering what do think, have we caused a real dignity issue by setting a banana peel on the table.???? I would love to read your comments....