If I had a dime for every time that question ran through my mind I wouldn’t need to work. In fact, no one I know would need to work and we could all travel via private jet to anywhere our heart’s desire. I’m sure most of you think the same thing on occasion, and you’re not one of these stupid people are you? No, you’re not (& if you are please don’t tell me, I’d rather live in ignorance 🙂 ).
Some times things occur at work that just boggle me. BOGGLE. ME. For instance, when someone decides to STEAL something from a resident’s room. Why? Why? Just… why?!?!?!?! Actually, forget the ‘why’. I don’t want to know what your pathetic reason is, all I know is that it takes a very low person to do such a thing. Is it the staff? It could be. Is it a family member? Possible. ….
But let’s ponder this.
I’m going to switch gears here.
Does legitimate theft occur in long-term care homes? Unfortunately, it does. You know what else occurs? Memory loss. So some times, it ISN’T anyone stealing at all, but a case of misplacement. To the unfortunate soul who think’s they’ve been robbed, it is a very serious matter. Under NO circumstance do you tell them “excuse me dear, but no one’s stealing from you. You’re just losing your marbles,” because that won’t go over well. You listen. You show concern, compassion & sympathy. You comfort them and reassure them that the item will be returned and that it won’t happen again. When a complaint is made the first time, regarding a missing item it is taken very seriously. When the same individual makes a complaint more frequently, about more things and sometimes about items you know they don’t even own, you have to start looking at things a little bit differently. This could be the onset of dementia, Alzheimer’s or some thing else.
The next time you go to visit a loved one in a nursing home, remember all these things. And don’t steal your grandmother’s possessions, because you will go to hell.