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Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:09 pm
by bowlingbun
I'm also in Hampshire. If you want anything done, you will have to push and push. Presumably you know about "OT Direct"?

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:11 pm
by Alexander_18021
bowlingbun wrote:
Wed Feb 07, 2018 6:09 pm
I'm also in Hampshire. If you want anything done, you will have to push and push. Presumably you know about "OT Direct"?
Yes I'm rapidly discovering that.

My wife's as likely to be trampled by a herd of Unicorns as to see an MS Nurse more than once every couple of years.

The hospital has lost the clothes that she arrived in, she may see a doctor today, which will be the first one since the initial assessment when she arrived there last Saturday. She's been referred to the Snowdon Neurological unit which is where she went after she got shingles, but they're full.

I'm going to have to talk to someone at the hospital tomorrow just to find out what's happening and when.

Still no news about an OT from HCC.

I've looked up OT Direct on google and may have to get in touch, nothing seems to be happening at the hospital but we need to make some changes before she comes home again.

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 1:55 pm
by hamsterwheel
They lost her clothes? Have you spoken to PALS?

Actually, have you spoken to PALS about any of this? sorry if you've already commented on that and I missed it.

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 3:50 pm
by Alexander_18021
Not spoken to PALS yet, but it's on the cards, possibly for tomorrow, (I hate hospitals and can't wait to get out of there after visiting, looks like I'll have to find my way around some more of their bloody maze).

The clothes are supposedly being chased up by a nurse. My wife is very hazy about when and where they were removed: she started off in A&E, went for X-rays, then to one ward for the first couple of nights, and then to another different ward in another block since then. We've asked different nurses in both wards on three separate occasions but so far the clothes have not turned up.

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 4:00 pm
by hamsterwheel
The last time my father was in the small, local hospital, a few weeks ago, one of the OT team told me to bring some clothes in for him, as his hadn't been transferred from the County Hospital with him. I made a minor fuss and the OT eventually checked his locker and found his clothes there. No one had noticed them for five weeks and had therefore assumed they weren't there.

so, of course, it's demand the rellie bring some ;)

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:35 pm
by Crispy
Forgive me if you have been round this loop before and ended up nowhere, but if your wife is still in hospital have you tried saying it is not safe to send her home until they have provided proper equipment to lift her up when she falls because you can no longer manage it, physically? Then broken record technique: it is no good waiting for the community OT because she is falling regularly and you can no longer lift her up safely so this needs to be sorted before she comes home. (I had to do this about safe transfers from bed to chair for my OH and I made sure everyone I spoke to knew it; I had quite a reputation in the end, but it worked.) Easy for me to say, but much harder to get them to listen, I know.

Re: Help with falls with a single carer

Posted: Thu Feb 08, 2018 10:05 pm
by Alexander_18021
Crispy wrote:
Thu Feb 08, 2018 5:35 pm
Forgive me if you have been round this loop before and ended up nowhere, but if your wife is still in hospital have you tried saying it is not safe to send her home until they have provided proper equipment to lift her up when she falls because you can no longer manage it, physically? Then broken record technique: it is no good waiting for the community OT because she is falling regularly and you can no longer lift her up safely so this needs to be sorted before she comes home. (I had to do this about safe transfers from bed to chair for my OH and I made sure everyone I spoke to knew it; I had quite a reputation in the end, but it worked.) Easy for me to say, but much harder to get them to listen, I know.
She is still in hospital, she phoned this afternoon to say that the referral to Snowdon is still on, but there's no spare beds there at the moment. It's looking like they will keep her where she is until a bed is available. I hope to check that tomorrow at the hospital.

I will definitely be making a lot of noise if they try and send her home in her current condition, she's unable to weight-bear at all and therefore is unable to transfer without risk to both of us.