All of the department heads, managers, and key players were invited for a luncheon from 11:30 - 1:00 which was catered by Max's deli. I figured it was the least I could do to appreciate these people for spending time with me.
I prepared a folder for each participant which contained a number of informative handouts on Dementia/Alzheimers: Biomedical and Experiential Models of Dementia, 12 top tips in working with people with dementia, Speaking Dementia (which offers tips on working as well,) and Dementia Language Guidelines (which offers correct language use when talking to or about people with dementia.)
The following is a transcript of the complete presentation:
The number of CNAs on the floor should be increased to 8 for the day shift and 8 for the PM shift. This would allow four teams with two CNAs per team to be assigned to each of the four wings. Currently, many if not most of the residents on the fifth floor need more than one CNA to assist with toileting, cleaning up after soiling, and bathing. Instead of spending time finding another CNA who is free to help, the teams would work together more efficiently.
- Health care and nursing on 5
- Staff are well meaning, caring people
- Staff works very, very hard to meet resident needs
- Meals are hot, delicious, ample, and meet resident abilities to eat
- Environment is clean, sanitary, and safe
- Staffing of regular CNAs vs “Floaters”
- Staff communications and training needs attention
- Meeting social, emotional, and behavioral issues
- Mealtime experience needs
- Space use, availability, and furnishing