Bonnie Kantor delivers on her thoughts about the Robot Baby Seal issue…
Here is what she would like readers of the New York Times article to think about…
To the Editor:
You are right on; like everyone else, our nation’s nursing home residents benefit from relationships. (Circuitry with a Feel for Humanity Front Page 7/5/10). But let’s not forget who the matchmakers were. Direct care staff knew EXACTLY which residents would love, need and care for Paro.
In good care setting, where the same staff care for the same residents each day, the choice isn’t between family visiting and loneliness; staff know residents well and provide meaningful activities. Consistent assignment directly results in higher quality of life and care. A simple question, “do your nursing assistants care for the same group of residents each time they work” will help folks choose a responsive home for their loved one.
Dolly Levi would be proud of the matches these nursing homes made. She would advocate strongly for consistent assignment and resident-centered care . . . and Paro. For the right person, he (it!) was a real catch.
Real Care is all about the Relationships.
Also kudos to Bonnie for some serious silver lining sighting skills.