So, I asked floor nurse - not the aid - to come to look at "something disturbing".
Me: pointing to the open drawer: "Is that a bed pan?"
Nurse: glancing down, hands on hips: "Yes, it is. We always keep them in the bottom drawer."
Me: pointing to the bed pan and the smear, "What do you suppose that brown substance might be?"
Nurse: suddenly paying close attention, "Oh! that's not acceptable!"
Me: bending over and pointing, "And, those, are those the same bandages you use on Mom's stasis ulcers?"
Nurse: "I'll have someone clean it up right away."
...and she did. The nurse threw the bedpan in the trash and soon housekeeping came to clean the drawer with a bleach solution. I am left wondering how long a dirty bed pan had been in the drawer and if the nurse putting on Mom's bandages would have used them or thrown them away. Someone put a dirty bed pan in the drawer- it could have been the night before or days before. Someone might have been using a dirty bed pan for days. Someone changes mom's bandages daily and should have seen it and done something. It's always "someone else" whenever I find this type of stuff at the nursing home.
Every visit I find something terribly disturbing. It does not leave me confident that Mom's getting good care. This nursing home is ranked fairly well compared to others across the state, I can only imagine how crappy - no pun intended - that must be.