Stop Calling Me a Tube-Feeder
Tube-feeder? Is that what you become right before you're consider a bottom-feeder?
We're a month away from National Nursing Home Week, and I thought we had all taken a step forward as an industry. I don't even think about calling someone a "Medicaid resident" or "a fractured hip" any more than you would call your neighbor's child with a developmental disability, "retarded."
I am frequently reminded, however, that not everyone we work with understands the importance of language in long term care.
So please, if you are reading this, take a moment to think about the language you use to describe our residents and their needs. Feeders, screamers, assists-of-two, memory-care residents, hip-fractures, hospice residents, and level two's all should have went away with OBRA '87. We don't toilet people anymore than we sink them or exhaust fan them. You walk your dog, but you don't walk a resident. We assist people with their needs; people are Medicaid recipients and in some cases require that level II paperwork is completed before they move into our neighborhood. This isn't a marketing gimmick - it's basic respect for your fellow human beings.
You wouldn't call your own grandma a feeder, would you?