There are many situations where our elderly Washingtonians are neglected—even when under the direct care of nursing homes and hospital facilities. These facilities should be evaluated more frequently by the Dept. of Health and the Dept. of HealthCare Finance. There are times when employees of the Hospital and Nursing home systems don’t practice patience with ailing elderly whom may be experiencing dementia, hearing loss, and constant pain, respectful bed-side manner/cleanliness, and at times language barriers. These are contributing factors to a unpleasant experience.
The few hospitals we do have left in DC, we don’t have patient sitters for when an elderly patient/extremely weak individual isn’t under 24 hour care, but has a hard time feeding themselves of pushing call buttons for assistance to the bathroom.
Support services— proper evaluation of each Senior citizen helps the patient and their family’s with care when transitioning them from hospital to home.