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I visit a friend at Cantabria Lifecare most Monday afternoons. She has lived there for a few years and is generally happy. But today she had a few comments which require attention.
Her observation is that there is a shortage of registered nurses. She has a minor medical condition at the moment which she would like to discuss with a nurse. She has been told by the healthcare workers that the nurses are busy. It was her estimate that she has not seen a nurse for weeks.
My friend's other comment was that the manager is not friendly and does not communicate with the residents. She mentioned an occasion when residents were having lunch, the manager came to talk to a staff member in the kitchen, and then left without any greeting or communication with the residents.
My friend said the the evening meals have recently improved. Residents now have a choice of meals, the meals have good variety and are attractively presented.
When I asked if her daughter would talk to the Cantabria management she expressed concern about being labled as difficult.
I look forward to your response.
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