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.