November 7, 2011
During this special observance of Residents’ Rights Month, we must stand up and speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Why can’t they speak? They are lying in beds — often alone and weak. Many do not have family members to come and take them outside to breathe in the fresh air. They are our seniors, and due to budget cuts to health care, they are receiving less bedside care. I know because I am a certified nurse assistant.
My joy in life is to make my patients smile. We owe it to them to speak up on their behalf and encourage nursing home administrators and lawmakers to make safe staffing levels a priority.
Cynthia Wilson – CNA
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