Thursday, August 28, 2008

Best way to exit a room

Before you exit a resident's room, do the following:
  • Take a deep breath
  • Make sure their call light is easily reachable.
  • Make sure their water/other drinks/snacks are easily reachable.
  • Make sure their telephone is easily reachable.
  • Take out any dirty clothes or trash.

Resident's can fall out of a bed trying to reach for things that are too far away or they can trip over a sock dropped on the floor. You would be amazed at how easily they can hurt themselves doing things that you do without thinking. Sitting up in bed is sometimes a huge challenge in itself. I think we all learn this stuff the hard way, but it would be better for all involved if we didn't.

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