Will Your Loved One’s Senior Care Community Perform CPR?

When our parents move to an independent, assisted living and dementia care community, we often assume we’re paying for their entire care.  I mean, we’ve done our homework, right?  We’ve checked that they have nurses on staff.  We’ve check that the med room is safe, and we made sure that the community has a good safety record and adequate staff.

But what actually happens when there is an emergency?  What happens in the event the staff needs to intervene to potentially save your loved one’s life?  The answers aren’t always clear. And there is no real way to see it in action.

Below is a sad and eye opening story from Bakersfield, California.  In this story, an elderly resident was denied CPR from the nurse on duty because it was not the policy of the community to engage in such activities.  Despite the pleas of the 911 operator, the nurse would not perform CPR and would not find anyone who would.

So this begs the question: do you know what the policies of your loved one’s community is? Would they step in during an emergency? If you don’t know the answer, you should find out and make sure you are comfortable with it.

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  • http://twitter.com/tapestrycompany Tapestry

    Pretty frightening.

    Definitely good advice to find out from the community what their policies are in this area.

    Thanks for the blog post.

  • Anonymous

    Very sad. Your article, though, will alert others to the need to be vigilant in asking questions. I am going to reference this on my social media outlets. Thanks for the heads up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainie.flores.7 Rainie Flores

    It is definitely sad and alarming. Great post by the way. This will make people be informed and knowledgeable.

  • jonathan smith

    The story , you have covered in your post, is really a sad story. It’s an indication and a message for all the people who have old people in their home.
    http://bluebirdcare.ie/care-services/elderly-care/

  • Dolores Coleman

    Thanks for this article! We should inquire and ask important things especially the emergency policies for the particular nursing home services for our loved ones.

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