Thank you for care-giver article
I am a certified longterm care ombudsman for San Luis Obispo County and have been for many years serving state licensed skilled nursing facilities and residential care facilities. We are advocates for residents.
Kathe Tanner’s column, “My advice from being a caregiver: Be the patient’s advocate, friend — and make lists!” in The Cambrian (May 2) sets out many of the things we look out for in serving residents needs. I look to relatives and friends as a “second set of eyes” in caring for these folks.
Often times, they alert me to problems a resident has but has not voiced. A detailed list of personal effects at check-in time is very important. The CNA is supposed to check napkins for dentures, eye glasses, hearing aids, etc., but these are easily lost in tray pickups. It is also important to let the nurse know of any foods or drinks brought in to the resident. These may conflict with medications or dietary needs.
Does the resident have an Advanced Health Declaration? If so, the document should be on file with the facility. We are unpaid volunteers and oftentimes we have new people who have seen the value of our services. Thank you for bringing your observations to public attention. It is a valuable community service. Don Lagrand, Cambria