Sunday, May 30, 2004

Hearing Aids again.......

Seems they just don't learn do they? Or is it simply a matter of they don't care or someone is making a buck of these people's backs.... You figure it out, CLICK HERE to read the continuing saga of the hearing aids.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello nursing home person, I just wanted to let you know that the anger you put out on these nurses at the nursing home doesn't ehlp your mother in any way, shape, or form. I myself used to be in the nursing profession but I got out due to the amount of abuse I seen being inflicted on the patients and the administration would never do nothing about it. What the best thing to do is talk to your doctor before you blow up on the nurses if the doctor comes in and lets the nurses have they actually listen because if the doctor says to do it they do it or else they lose there right to hold a job in that home anymore. Now as for your mother's hearing problems they actually never do teach a nurse or an aide how to properly change a hearing aid battery I know it is not rocket science but some of them nurses can barely even tie there own shoelaces let alone figure out how to open a hearing aid. What I would say would be the best possible fix to this problem is make a note to yourself to stop in and see your mom at least every 3 days and clean them for her at her age let's face she needs those visits from you and she also needs her hearing so those are things that should be done anyway. If you need a recommendation on what to clean the ear canal part out with I would recommend an unfolded paperclip or a bread twistie with the paper peeled off of it those are the two best ways of cleaning the canal out. Sorry if this seems objective to your problems but I had many of the same run-ins with some nurses that wouldn't maintain the clients hearing aids and I would explain how to and normally it helped I also held meetings with the families on ways they could help there parent or sibling with their problem. Sorry about the long post but maybe this will be helpful.

Monday, May 31, 2004 12:23:00 a.m.  
Blogger Christaligia said...

Hi :-) Thanks for writing. The people in question at the meeting spoken of in this posting were individuals at this specific meeting only. Let me assure you I don't go ranting and raving at nurses on a daily basis. This particular situation concerning my Grandmother's (not mother's) hearing aids has been going on for a long time now and it's frustrating for her to go without her hearing aids as you can well imagine.

As for speaking to my doctor about this situation. That would do absolutely nothing. When you move into a nursing home in Toronto you have to give up your family doctor unless they can be on call 24/7 in case they are needed at any time by the patient. You use the nursing home Doctor. This Doctor I have some doubts about as well at times.

Concerning the cleaning of the hearing aids and putting them in and out, this I've discussed with the home as well and was distinctly told by the head nurse with others present that they are trained to do this.

I do go to my Gram's as often as I can. Sometimes several times a week but sometimes I have to miss a week. I'm disabled myself and have had several heart attacks so I can only do what my health permits.

You cannot place anything like that in the hearing aid or you will break all the contacts. Hence one of those $160.00 repair bills. There is no need for using any aparatus other than the appropriate cleaning brushes that have been given to them and came from the hearing aid place. I went to leave them in her room but they preferred I give them to the nurses station so they were always at hand to use. Too bad they don't bother to do it.

I've had several meetings with the home. When she first moved in, 3 weeks after that, 4 months after that, 4 months again and recently the yearly meeting. There is no lack of trying here. There is simply ignorance on their part when they say they will do something and neglect to do it.

I'm having this same situation right now again with lack of co-operation concerning an eye exam she needs. Several times I've requested she be seen by the eye doctor when he comes in and every time I get confirmation she will. Come that time, it never happens. Now we are looking at June 12th. My first request went out around last Sept.!! She is complaining about her vision as she has a ripe cataract which the head nurse even looked up in front of me. It was deemed ripe July 2003!!! She needs it taken care of.

Monday, May 31, 2004 12:42:00 a.m.  

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