Nursing Homes and the Elderly during these Lockdowns

Yesterday we received a phone call from the hospital social worker where Pop is at. She said that he came to them, dirty and unkempt. They had to bathe him and literally scrape the crud off. They took photos.  Since we haven\’t seen him, since March –  we had no idea. They haven\’t had constant accountability, so they lowered their standards when nobody was looking. She is reporting the CalVet Home to the county\’s Adult Protective Services for neglect and rightly so. We are shocked! 
Wow. We love the Veterans Home but there is no excuse for that. The social worker from the hospital said they had to cut part of his beard because it was dirty and had food in it. I know, he loves his beard and was growing it like a wild man – the more we disliked it, the more he was hell-bent in growing it. My husband would call over there and ask them to trim it up – the last time was in Feb. just before the wedding. As it turned out, he didn\’t get to go to the wedding, because he ended up with the flu and pneumonia. That was the last time his disgusting beard was trimmed. It was growing out the sides and was almost to his waist 2 weeks ago, from what we saw on the video chat. We don\’t mind he has it, it\’s his preference, just keep it clean. 
He can be testy – he can be downright mean and has been known to hit – so I know he can be difficult. He doesn\’t like anybody fussing over him. They need to investigate either way. Many elderly do not want to bathe. I get this is his own way to stay in control of his own person. Maybe that is what this is all about – we don\’t know yet. Before the pandemic, we used to personally know his nurses but they have had a turnaround this year, which if it was his choice, makes sense. Maybe he\’s not comfortable with the new staff. They\’ve been understaffed this past year. It has to be investigated and maybe some heads will roll. We have been noticing the lack of communication from the Home which is also under a new administrator as well. 
It\’s that \”Due to Covid19\” thing. Lazy employees, exploiting that excuse as to NOT do a job they have been paid to do – because no one is checking on them. I am so thankful, that the hospital social worker took the time to notice and do the right thing. 
I am confident it will be taken care of. They are a good facility but even good ones will falter at times. Everyone needs accountability these days behind these lockdowns.  Makes me wonder about other nursing homes around the country. Family members can\’t go in to see for themselves, what is going on. We also used to volunteer and there is no more of that either.  Just more consequences of lockdowns and possible casualties from this dreadful pandemic. 
I was reading: 
 Nursing home expert Stephen Kaye, a professor at the Institute on Health and Aging at the University of California, San Francisco, analyzed data from 15,000 facilities for The Associated Press, finding that for every two COVID-19 victims in long-term care, there is another who died prematurely of other causes. Those \”excess deaths\” beyond the normal rate of fatalities in nursing homes could total more than 40,000 since March.

 \”The healthcare system operates kind of on the edge, just on the margin, so that if there\’s a crisis, we can\’t cope,\” Kaye said. \”There are not enough people to look after the nursing home residents.\”



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7 thoughts on “Nursing Homes and the Elderly during these Lockdowns

  1. Anonymous December 7, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    I am so sorry you have to go through this. We have such a great Veterans home here. Hubs read the paper there every week on Tuesday and Thursday, until the lock down. It is a stellar facility. You must be beside yourself. Bathing is just too much work for the elderly and they become child like about it. My mom was very aggressive right before she passed, it was hard. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  2. Anonymous December 7, 2020 / 11:31 pm

    That is very sad. I'm a nurse at a skilled nursing center and we are seeing that same thing with people coming to us from the hospital. They arrive dirty, we've had to cut matts out of hair, they are unshaven. We have also said that we miss the family interaction and know that with them not here talking to us, people that don't know us, don't trust us, and I get that. It's such a hard time all around.

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  3. Anonymous December 8, 2020 / 12:49 am

    I saw an article similar to this that nursing home residents aren't being taken care of like they normally would because the staff is dealing with lots of Covid patients and are short staffed. And then of course no patient advocates in the form of family can speak up on their behalf since family haven't been able to visit in months. So I can see the death toll statistics. Just such sad situations all around.betty

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  4. Anonymous December 8, 2020 / 1:24 am

    So very sorry that this happened. It is unexcusable.God bless.

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  5. Anonymous December 8, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    Oh, how awful and frightening.Love,Janie

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  6. Anonymous December 8, 2020 / 9:47 pm

    Such a sad post so much you have to deal with as my mum keeps telling me getting old sucks and our loved older ones needed to be treated with care and compassion

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  7. Anonymous December 8, 2020 / 10:14 pm

    I have heard horror stories for years from people who had loved ones in nursing facilities. COVID just gives them an excuse for bad behavior at their jobs.

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