Debra Wertheimer, MD
$150 Purchase Price
Care Means Caring
For dedicated nursing assistants, providing excellence in care goes far beyond meeting the requirements stated in a job description. Combining empathy, understanding and a very caring nature with their daily care, makes all the difference to residents who can no longer care for themselves. Often alone in the world, totally dependent on their caregiver, frail residents in long-term care realize their quality of life revolves around one person, their nursing assistant.
In this DVD filmed in a long-term care facility, viewers meet both nursing staff and residents. Observing nursing assistants interacting with residents, qualities of compassionate care become immediately apparent. Soft tones of voice communicating reassuring and positive messages, gentle touch and patience clearly demonstrate to the resident a caring relationship.
Interviews with staff discuss: the need for patience; the importance of spending extra time with a resident whenever possible; the need for establishing a personal relationship; and the importance of a gentle tone of voice and gentle touch. Even for residents who appear to be non-responsive, nursing assistants talk about speaking with them, and being gentle when caring for them. “You never know what they are hearing,” says one nursing assistant, “and I know a gentle touch must be important to them. “ And, in very heart felt moments, residents tell the nursing assistants how important they are, how the care they provide is vital to their well being and how appreciative they are. Use this DVD to inspire nursing assistants or as a way to say thank you for the care they provide.
Topics: individualized care, comfort care, compassion, building trust
Audience: Staff working in long term care, assisted living and day care; home health and hospice aides; students in nursing, home health, and allied health programs.
This program is part of the “Basic Care Guide for the Elderly” series.
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