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Caregiving is not the most romantic of situations to have at this time of year. It is especially hard for family members, however we paid caregivers can help not only our care partner but the family of that person as well. The one thing that is lost in a skilled nursing facility is a romantic atmosphere. The activity person, at each of these facilities, will do all they can while in truth it needs to be an all-out movement to bring a little love into the setting. Now we are not talking lusty love, we are however talking true caring for a person, just because they are here and alive. Don’t look at all the frailty of their body now, rather look at what they can bring and give to others.
Decorating is a great beginning, activity people take care of this nicely. Music with a little romance in it is always a nice add in. A piece or two of candy can help out (even if diabetic the candy can be sugar free or a baked sugar free cookie). The foot soldiers (I like to call them), the CNAs who bath, dress and do the hands on care of combing hair or shaving our friends have an even more significant role of bring a hair clip or piece of jewelry for the women and a bow tie or a flower lay for the men. The chef or cooks can do a rare treat for everyone with a special meal, perhaps just a little different or added garnish to the meal.
And when we visit it is always nice to add something to the atmosphere, whether it is flowers, pictures or perhaps a small framed picture of a time when we were more carefree. There is little known information on how many people are populating SNFs. Of course, it is easy to find the amount of money projected to be spent on each patient or how much Medicaid is paying each year per person depending on the need of the person. Rather it will be more clearly stated if we take the number of skilled nursing facilities in our geographic area, determine the number of beds per facility and multiply be 80%. Thanks to one figure from the CDC, this will give us a more accurate picture than that of 2004. www.CDC@gov.org

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