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Nursing homes in America have underwent some drastic changes that have made giving good care in their facilities more challenging than it used to be.

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Challenges in Nursing Homes Care By Dedra Adams ENGL107-38 February 3, 2011 Abstract Nursing homes in America have underwent some drastic changes that have made giving good care in their facilities more challenging than it used to be. The pay for working in nursing homes is not as competitive as other settings. This may create an environment where there is not enough staff which can leave overworked staff to be careless. This dangerous situation can then cause the facility to get fined and possibly closed. Staff may find that they have lost their licenses and certifications revoked, including the facility's ability to receive Medicare patients. Technology that is meant to streamline the care of the elderly and disabled, but not every employee is ready to jump into the high tech version of old fashion TLC (tender loving care). Challenges in Nursing Homes Care Any person in the United States may, at some point, not be able to stay at home due to their age or illness. It is generally accepted that when a family can no longer provide the care needed for their elderly, they will be taken care of in a nursing home facility of their choice. ...read more.

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The second challenge in providing good care in nursing home facilities there has been an uprising of new regulations and health codes specifically designated to nursing homes. The purpose of these rules is to ensure that residents are getting cared for and in a dignified manner across the board (Health and Safety Code, 2008). Whenever the government has decided to make a new list of laws, they must then decide on how to investigate and enforce the laws. For the purpose of nursing homes, this means that there will not only be more monitoring from state and federal commissions, but that there will be more fines to deal with. When the state sends a surveyor to a facility to investigate a claim that there is some kind of neglect, abuse, or otherwise illegal activity, there is an anxious and tense air that the residents and the staff both deal with. It has been noted that the inspections that are called surveys are not set up in a way that is most beneficial for both sides. A lot of things are missed and other smaller issues are cited and the fine is too high, especially for some of the smaller facilities (Dicken, 2008). ...read more.

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a nursing home that they are interested in and find out how well they have performed according to not only the state surveyors, but also individuals can post their thoughts on their experience and sway customers away. In conclusion, because it is believable that there will be twice as many people living in nursing homes in the next decade, as a country, we should develop a sense of what is right and necessary that still allows employees to feel fulfilled in a way that encourages them to give great service everyday to nursing home residents (Burkhalter, 2009). Perhaps some technology is useful, but the cost of the newest cool gadgets may be the number of available staff in the facility. Regulations and laws definitely have to exist so that if there is a clear answer to any question about what is appropriate for nursing home residents' quality of life. In order to run a nursing home on an everyday basis that is physically possible and pleasant for the patients, reform must be made in regards to monitoring and fines. Learning how we can create an efficient and comfortable environment inside the walls of those facilities is imperative. ...read more.

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