During my three years as a CNA at Good Samaritan Nursing home. I’ve noticed an increase in the amount of wasted products. I admit that I’m angry and deeply concerned about the waste of water and food at my nursing home. I’ve observed and conclude that wasting products are not only the fault of patients, but also of the members of the staff. After I underline the importance of water and food in our daily life and explain the ways they are wasted I’ll suggest some challenging yet feasible solutions to break the cycle of unnecessary waste.
According to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory, food and water are basic physiological needs for the body. They are the first needs to establish priorities, which include safety, security, love, self-esteemed and self-actualization. Studies prove that a human deprived of food and water for seventy-two hours has severe dehydration and is unquestionably dying. People of all ages need water and food to stay healthy. As we get older, it becomes somewhat difficult to digest food and water properly, especially for older at nursing homes. Although the foods at Good Samaritan Nursing Home are always delicious and presentable, and the dining room animated, elders don’t eat as much because of the regression of their body systems. Because of this, there is an abundance of foods left in the dining room that goes to waste and to the trash.
Water is also very important to the body. Many people around the world are struggling to find water to drink, and use for basic needs; meanwhile residents and certain members of staff take water for granted and use it inappropriately. I became aware of the improper use of water, initially, when my supervisor assigned me in March 2011 to give a bath to one resident. For only fifteen minutes of bath, I was obliged to fill a big bathtub, until the water reach the chest of the resident sitting into the tub. After this, I drained away one hundredth thousands milliliters of water. There is a hundredth resident in the nursing home. Amongst residents, baths are given to 98% of the people; only 2% of the residents want to take shower because they have a great understanding of why baths are less sanitary than showers.
In fact, showers have dirty water that drain down quickly, while baths hold all dirty water in the bathtub when you sit in it. Showers will prevent the spread of infection. Normally, at Good Samaritan, we insert a resident from his/her mechanic chair in the bathtub. Next, we fill the tube with water, then began to clean them with soap on a sponge from head to toe. They stay in the bubble water which is stagnant for 15 min, and then we rinse and dry them. I’m worry about dirt from their own body that can be inserted into their lips and during special cares. So even though bathtubs is relax and enjoyable than taking a shower, a shower prevents infection and also saves water. Because only a small amount of water will be needed.
Moreover, many residents and care givers leave water...