Nov 07, 2015 - 03:11 PM
You can see more about the Missouri Resident Rights here: http://health.mo.gov/seniors/ombudsma...
Contact your state Ombudsman for your state's specific Resident Rights regulations. They will be able to thoroughly answer your questions regarding specific laws and regulations in your state.
From my perspective, some of the very very best care partners in senior living are males. Not every single male, but many. Caregiving is field that is dominated largely by females and it (in my experience) takes a very special, caring male personality to provide personal care. Were I in your situation, I would consider the specific person, their communication, their experience, their reviews and their care of other residents into account before jumping to a conclusion only because they are male.
Ultimately, you should meet with the Director of Nursing to voice your concerns. You have the right to communication, free and transparent, and you have the right to move your mom if the community she is at doesn't meet your expectations.
Nov 16, 2015 - 09:24 AM
As a former nursing instructor, I can assure you that all healthcare workers are educated to always provide privacy to all patient/residents, whether they are male or female. When we began having an increase of men in nursing, we were aware that some people, especially older women, would be resistant to being cared for by a man. To our surprise, many patients preferred the men not only because they felt more secure when they are assisting them with ambulation, but also they found that the men were more careful to provide privacy when assisting a female resident.
There are not any laws requiring ’same sex’ attendants. However, licensing and accrediting agencies always check to ensure that the facility insures the rights of the residents to privacy and respect. Additionally, the ombudsman program in each state is available to ensure resident rights,
It might help reassure your mother, if you or another family member can stop in from time to time at her shower time to make sure that she is provided the proper assistance and respect. You also might want to make contact with the attendant supervisor, so that the supervisor sees you as a contact for your mother, if there is a concern.
I wish you luck in helping your mother obtain the best assistance for her daily needs, without compromising her comfort.