The following question was asked in Ask Judith in the LAMP. Nurses are being told to have residents showered and drressed at 6am, but many of the residents prefer not to get up this early. Have you had a similar predicament in your workplace?
Question: Surely aged care residents have rights? I am an RN in a nursing home where we have two starting times for day shift: 6am and 7am. The DoN has told me I am to direct employees who start at 6am to get residents out of bed, showered and in chairs. While there are a couple of residents who like to get up early, the majority are not happy to be woken and showered at this time, and the nursing staff feel terrible doing this. Should this be happening? I thought the residents had rights.
Answer: Yes, you are correct. The residents do have rights. Under the Charter of Residents Rights and Responsibilities, each resident of a residential care service (which includes an aged care home) has the right to be treated and accepted as an individual and to have his or her individual preferences taken into account and treated with respect.
Do you work in aged care? What would you do if your manager told you to get the residents up and ready before they wanted to?