1. Sharin

    Sharin Registered User

    Aug 30, 2019
    12
    Hi,
    I am here as my mother 89 was diagnosed with vascular dementia last May - she did not have a brain scan but consultant psychiatrist diagnosed her.
    I'm trying to look after my mother at home. We have a care package in place & we employ private carers too.
    It costs £4,000 per month.
    I'm waiting for a review with my mothers social worker as the care package we have in place is no longer suiting my mothers needs.
    The carers say my mothers mobility is deteriorating & they are unable to help her to get out of bed. They say she needs to get herself out of bed which I think is ridiculous.
    My mother has beed refusing to get up from bed, I think this is due to the struggle she's having & the carers not helping her.
    I'm so fed up with the situation & I'm hoping SW can suggest more suitable care agency or personal assistant.
    This is such a hard thing to deal with.
    My very best wishes to you all.
    Sharin
     
  2. nellbelles

    nellbelles Volunteer Host

    Nov 6, 2008
    8,524
    leicester
    Hello @Sharin and welcome to DTP
    I would have thought that you need a needs assessment from SS and also a OT (occupational therapist) assessment to enable the best possible care plan to be put in place...
     
  3. canary

    canary Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    11,134
    Female
    South coast
    Im afraid that the carers are right - they are not allowed to lift people out of bed. This is a safety matter as they may end up injuring either themselves or your your mum. What is needed is a hoist or a standing aid. An Occupational Therapist can assess what is needed and can lend you the equipment. Do be aware thought that it usually takes 2 people to work a hoist.
     
  4. Sharin

    Sharin Registered User

    Aug 30, 2019
    12
    Thanks for replying.
    Of course I don't expect the carers to lift my mother but they say they can't even offer a steadying hand. There are manual handling techniques which the carers could be using ie rocking to help her stand from sitting on the edge of her bed if needed. I am doubting the level of manual handling training the carers have been given as it's very subjective & depends on which carer attends.
    OT has said my mother does not need hoisting or a stand aid. She is slowing down but still able to sit up & stand from the bed with minimal help.
    I wish I could tell them all to leave as they are causing me a lot of worry & stress. I would not cope looking after my mother without any help.
    I fear for the future & what lies ahead.
     

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