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I bet it's won cross-party support. Not because they are being compassionate but because they figure they can cut the interaction with nursing staff if the families are there to feed and change and do all the caring jobs they did before hospitalisation. The day we get cross-party support for commissioned respite beds (see Ann Mac's posts) is the day we know they're actually being compassionate.
Well said RedLou,you are spot on.
I'd much rather have dedicated dementia wards with trained staff,that can be left to do their work without us carers feeling scared that if we left our loved ones in hospital,it's tantamount to neglect,as they so often are in general wards.would be a
start,ooh they are getting desperate near to Election Day aren't they?!
I've got mixed feelings on this. Yes, if carers want to be there, they should be able to.
But I can so easily see this being turned round on families - "well yes we're too busy to feed your mum/take her to the toilet/stop her getting out of bed but really it's the families responsibility to do that."
No I wouldn't want my mum to be in hospital on her own - but I work full time and have kids to look after, so I wouldn't be able to stay with her