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Living in your own facility

September 9, 2008
by Kevin Kolus
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Would you want to be a resident in your facility?


-I used to be able to say I would live in this facility, but since we were purchased by a hospital that has no experience with LTC and has made many changes (not good ones), I no longer would say that. As a matter of fact, I no longer recommend this facility as a place to live or stay—it is no longer a home, only a place for the hospital to make a buck.

-In fact, I was, following a serious car accident last year. As administrator, I lived in my own facility for 2½ months. I’ve started speaking to trade groups about my experience and it’s changed my perspective tremendously.

-Only if my needs were great and my living arrangement was private and with options.

-Sadly, no I would not want to be a resident in this facility. Medication errors are frequent and ignored, call lights are frequent and ignored, and surveyors have on blinders and can’t see obvious problems but pick up on nonissues that while important, don’t have anything to do with quality of care.

- I am a very independent person and would hope to maintain that independence for as long as possible.

-The tenants that live in our facility live like kings and queens.

Kathy Nelson

Westridge Assisted Living and Retirement Facility

-I would be happy in my "community.”

-What amazes me is the fact that often time families don’t complain or even speak with Administration about problems, they go right to the State. These homes aren’t hotels and people think that these are four-star places to sleep and get their three meals a day. Short staffed is one thing but what the State sets as a staffing pattern is the REAL thing to blame. All states set the standard and it’s awful!! These states should be sued!! Not companies!!

Would you be as willing—or unwilling—to live where you currently work? Keep the discussion alive by posting below.

Kevin Kolus

Kevin Kolus


Kevin Kolus wrote for Long-Term Living when he was an editor. He left the brand in 2012...



If I would not live in my facility, then I would not work there! It is up to each of us to make sure resident care is our #1 priority.

Maybe the better question would be, would this be a better facility if I did not work here? If everyone who cares about the residents, but who would not live in the facility they work in, left...who would remain to care for the residents? Just because I would not want to be a resident at this facility now does not mean that I am not working to the best of my ability to improve conditions at my facility. Changes come, some good and some bad, and if all the good people leave when the bad changes come, there won't be any good caring facilities left. That is my hope for the facility I work in, that the good people will stay, and the people who are just in it for the money or just to "have a paycheck" are gone before I come to the point of needing care. So, if you care about your a good example to other your best every day. If you want to make things better, stick around and stand up for what is right. If your facility would be a better place without you...maybe you should look for employment elsewhere.

I am saddened/amazed to read the other blogs. If we feel this way about our own industry, how can we advocate to others on our own behalf? That said, I would not want to live in my facility until our planed conversion to private rooms and a more "neighborhood like" environment is complete. We are now in the process. I don't so much fear living in my facility as I fear the conditions that would necessitate such a move - sickness, loss of loved ones, dementia, etc.