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How to Get Families More Involved in the Nursing Home

by Tammy LaBrake, CSW

Readers of this book will learn of four family programs that can be put into use immediately or can be changes or expanded to fit the need of an individual setting. This resource shows how educational workshops, support groups, family councils, and holiday socials increase family involvement and improve the quality of care and of life that long-term residents experience.

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Health care providers and social workers at nursing homes may feel they have little time to design programs for the family members of their residents, yet you will learn in How to Get Families More Involved in the Nursing Home that the benefits of such programs are immense and the time investment will pay off. You learn of four family programs that can be put into use immediately or can be changed or expanded to fit the needs of an individual setting. In addition, you will witness how educational workshops, support groups, family councils, and holiday socials increase family involvement in the nursing home, which in turn improves the quality of care and life that long-term residents experience.

In the daily bustle of trying to meet the needs of all residents, staff members do not generally have time to devote to family members who often feel awkward during their visits and do not realize their help would be welcomed. Nursing home coordinators and social workers can use the model support groups and workshops this book provides to open the lines of communication between staff and families and enable them to work together to assess and meet residents' needs. Implementation of these programs encourages families to take an active role in the operation of the nursing home and to participate in the decisions and events that affect the residents' lives. This resource provides step-by-step procedures for the installation of family programs without overtaxing social workers and directors already under pressure.

In addition to the four model programs developed and presented by author Tammy LaBrake, a Public Health Social Work Consultant, this book examines research findings on the lack of family participation in nursing homes despite the offering of family programs. You learn how to overcome barriers to communication and collaboration between staff members and family members and capitalize on the amount of participation that does exist within a nursing home. You also learn how to convey to families that they are equally responsible for the well-being of their resident and that their input and assistance are necessary to correct problems that cannot be remedied by staff members alone. Finally, it demonstrates that workshops, social gatherings, and councils do contribute to the formation of a community where family members and staffers find the mutual support necessary to provide excellent health care and soften the institutional atmosphere.

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Contents
Chapter 1: Educational Family Workshops
Purpose of the Family Workshop
Helpful hints on getting started
Suggested topics for the workshop
Evaluation for the workshop
Saying goodbye
Chapter 2: Family Support Groups
Purpose of the family support group
Helpful hints on getting started
Sic ways to plan for success
Chapter 3: Family Councils
Purpose of the family council
What can be gained by sponsoring a family council
How a family council is formed
Helpful hints on getting started
What the family council will do
What you need to begin
Description of scheduled events
Chapter 4: Holiday Socials
Purpose of holiday socials
Helpful hints on getting started
The best time for a holiday social
Invitations
What you need to begin
Lack of Family Participation and Why
The myth of abondonment
The role and responsibility of family
Participating in care-planning meeting
An orientation program
Appendix
Family needs survey
Family workshop invitation
Stressors associated with aging
Tips on how to make visits count
Program evaluations
Family support group invitations
Family social invitations
References
Index

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