A nursing home must promote care for residents in a manner and in an environment that maintains or enhances each resident’s dignity and respect in full recognition of his or her individuality. This is the Rule. This is the Law.

However, some nursing home owners and operators do not teach their staff this rule and law. Recently, in a Massachusetts nursing home a pattern of lack of respect and maintain dignity by the staff was exposed. Certified Nursing Aides have been accused of videotaping and mocking elderly residents who suffer from dementia and texting nude photos of residents. There are also residents at this facility that suffered from life threatening fractures because they were not assisted correctly. Why does this happen? One reason is cultural differences. Most CNAs are immigrants and were not raised with American history and respect for our elderly. So how can they understand the “Greatest Generation”? Most CNA’s will not take responsibility and accountability for their actions because they do not know how to be responsible or accountable. It is something that was not taught to them. Nursing home operators and owners know this but do little to nothing about it. American history, culture and heritage must be part of the CNA’s orientation and training. Once the CNA’s understand and realize what our elderly have gone through and how they made this country great maybe they will be more inclined to maintain dignity and respect.

The BOTTOM LINE is that a nursing home must never needlessly endanger their residents. If they do they must be held accountable and responsible for their actions.