SHREVEPORT, La. --- Having just spent six months in an area nursing/rehabilitation center, I have fresh experience in managing self-care. My goal is to share everything I’ve learned with readers, so that they, too, can remain in charge of their health care, treatment, and comfort. Not just for themselves, but for their loved one’s as well.
Not all care facilities are bad. The one I stayed in was marginal. Fair. It was not extraordinary. I found myself there due to a recommendation of somebody else. My urgent surgery required immediate physical therapy for recovery. It was a nightmare. The administration expressed, and demonstrated, their displeasure with my observations, but that’s all right. I’m the patient, and patients have rights.
Each of us, at some time, may be faced with the challenge of managing the care of a loved one, or ourselves. Do you know what to do? What your rights are? Who to call for help? I will share this information with you. To begin:
CHOOSING A CARE FACILITY
Remember that as a resident, you have the right to have your needs met.
About the writer:
Marcinho Savant, a Shreveport/Bossier resident, is a former health care worker in both private-duty, and institutional care environments. He is an author, executive, and performing arts expert. He has expressed a desire to write a recurring column on the subject of health and self-care for the residents of Shreveport/Bossier, if there is a need. There is much to learn about the topic.
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Marcinho Savant, a Shreve