Coping with a Resident who Wants to go Home
Discontentment among residents is seen as one of the most difficult
situations facing a staff member. Essentially, they bear the brunt of
the resident's discontent in a situation which is not of their making.
Some homes deal with this problem by not accepting on a long-term
basis, any resident who does not wish to stay. For this reason, in some
homes, residents are accepted initially on a trial basis, and if this does
not work to the satisfaction of both parties, then the resident is not
accepted on a permanent basis. Some staff say that the residents are
free to leave if the family are willing to take them. This is the nub of
the problem as far as the staff are concerned. They must find a way of
dealing with the resident who wants to go home, when their relatives
are unable or unwilling to have him or her at home.