Confronting Negative Attitudes in the Non Medical Home Care Workforce
Today’s post takes a sobering look at the cause, effects, and “antidote” to negative attitudes in the non medical home care workforce.
Read on to learn about the dangers of choosing an unqualified non medical home care provider, and who to trust in Katy, Texas.
Negative Attitudes in Senior Care Settings
Much has already been written about how the attitudes and beliefs of nurses and caregivers impact care outcomes in a variety of care settings.
For example, a literature review conducted by the International Journal of Nursing Practice found that negative attitudes in acute care settings often reflected ageist stereotypes and knowledge deficits that greatly affected the quality of care that patients received (Courtney et al., 2000).
Their meta-analysis showed a strong correlation between negative caregiver attitudes and reduced patient independence, limited decision making opportunities, increased probability of developing complications, limited health education, and social isolation (p. 62).
Fortunately, negative attitudes and beliefs about the elderly are much less common in long-term care settings. Courtney et al. (2000) found that nurses/caregivers in both medical and non medical home care settings held “neutral to slightly positive attitudes towards the elderly” (p. 66).
Nevertheless, the goal for non medical home care outcomes is always finding the optimal conditions, which means that “neutral” attitudes simply won’t do.
Are We Problematizing Senior Populations Through Policy Making?
Where do these negative attitudes regarding seniors come from?
According to the International Journal of Nursing Practice, many of the negative attitudes and ageist beliefs held today can be attributed to social and political changes affecting how we perceive seniors.
Specifically, the senior boom, which has been dubbed the “Graying of America,” has forced political policymakers to promote community care for the chronically ill, disabled, and frail aged in order to contain hospital operating costs and alleviate healthcare system burdens (Courtney et al., 2000).
Thus, the caregiver burden has shifted to the private sector (e.g. non medical home care companies like ours) and the private sphere (aka the family). And while that isn’t a problem on our end – our mission is to help all of Katy, Texas age in place, after all – many family members struggle to provide care for aging loved ones on their own.
So, as social and economic policies increase the healthcare burden for families, older relatives and members of society start being perceived as “problems requiring considerable attention and resources” (Courtney et al., 2000, p. 63).
Fighting Negative Attitudes and Upping senior Care Quality in Katy, Texas
Always Best Care SW Houston (Katy) fights negative attitudes and improves non medical home care quality by vetting staff through high training and screening standards.
As Gallagher et al. (2006) report in the International Journal of Nursing Practice, many negative attitudes and poor care outcomes stem from the fact that increasing numbers of unlicensed and unregulated non-professionals (assistant personnel, attendants, aides, etc.) are being hired to fight the global shortage of nurses (p. 274). These untrained, unqualified individuals cannot meet our care standards, and may become frustrated by difficulties with tasks and clients in the workplace, which further entrenches their negative attitudes.
At ABC SW Houston (Katy), all our non medical home care staff are licensed, bonded, and insured. They all go through extensive background checks and our top-tier training program. And they all embody our brand’s mission to bringing patient, compassionate, and comprehensive care to as many people as possible.
Courtney, M., Tong, S., & Walsh, A. (2000). Acute‐care nurses’ attitudes towards older patients: A literature review. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 6(2), 62-69.
Gallagher, S., Bennett, K. M., &Halford, J. C. (2006). A comparison of acute and long‐term health‐care personnel’s attitudes towards older adults. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 12(5), 273-279.
Holroyd, A., Dahlke, S., Fehr, C., Jung, P., & Hunter, A. (2009). Attitudes toward aging: implications for a caring profession. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(7), 374-380.
Lothian, K., &Philp, I. (2001). Care of older people: Maintaining the dignity and autonomy of older people in the healthcare setting. BMJ: British Medical Journal, 322(7287), 668.