Thank you for care-giver ar­ti­cle

The Tribune (SLO) - - Opinion -

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

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