My three sisters and I like the nursing home Mom is in. The building is old, the rooms are small, but for the most part the care has been excellent. There are people who have been on staff a long time, and many whose aunt was there in her last years or who visited their neighbor here for years before they came to work here. There is a sense of continuity. And the social programs are creative and appropriate.
So we like it. Mom is content.
But five times in the past month Mom did not have her dentures in when we arrived. We visit at different times and we've made this discovery even late into the day, when she has had 2 meals already!
This is vacation time and there are probably a lot of staff switches. But shouldn't her daily cares be clearly written in her chart? Shouldn't an aide knew to her look at that list? And even if there isn't a list, when you see that someone has no teeth, shouldn't you look around and see if there are dentures soaking? (Mom has dementia and is of no help in reminding an aide.)
What would you do?