A nursing home is a complex multifactorial environment that influences the decisions and actions of nursing staff. Many of the actions performed by nursing staff appear to be straightforward or simple because they are repetitive, encompassing everyday activities such as helping a resident to get up in the morning, shower or get dressed. These daily activities are usually performed smoothly as part of normal care. This article draws on ethnographic data from a study of caring practices in a nursing home with the aim of investigating how a seemingly ordinary, but unexpected, event can develop into a chaotic situation. Staff appeared to have difficulty managing the situation, and they seemed to be disorganized in the application of their skills. First, we describe the situation in detail before investigating and discussing the situation to provide a deeper understanding of the complexity of nursing home practice.