Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sudden Influx of Residents

A side effect to this monstrous heat wave we've been surviving has been an increase in our residents. When it's hot like this, more folks are going to the hospital and their doctors and families realize that they "aren't what they used to be".

Unfortunately, we're in that space between having an increase in residents and not having quite enough staff. It takes longer to do background checks and drug tests and all that stuff to get new staff in than it does to admit someone to the nursing center.

From a monetary standpoint, this is a better position to be in than having it the other way around. From a care standpoint, it makes the residents upset and the staff resentful. I'm looking forward to the pendulum swinging back to center for a little bit.

1 comment:

Hold my hand: a social worker's blog said...

Yeah, I know what you mean. I do admissions, and I really get excited when our census goes up, but I certainly notice the stress. Then, as a social worker, I have to work harder trying to address the increase of complaints that go along with it.