Discussion in 'I care for a person with dementia' started by cake4tea, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. cake4tea

    cake4tea Registered User

    Jan 22, 2014
    Our mom is in hospital having undergone major bowel surgery. Weare trying to get a her a single room where we can then get a day bed put in to enable us to stay with her. The ward is full but we wondered if anyone else had this experience. The staff are good but they are so short staffed and don't seem to realise that dementia patients can't press the buzzer for assistance.

    We are worried that something may happen in the night as she has a bad chest infection at the moment and would be unable to get assistance quick enough. Or anything else may happen.
  2. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
    Such a stressful time for you Cake4tea. When my OH was in hospital for a few weeks about 5 years ago I found the Ward Sister to be fairly helpful in resolving problems. The carers support centre also had a carers representative on site to help. AgeUK may be able to point you to some help and advocacy if that is not available at your local hospital.
    You may also have done everything on this advice document, but I'll post it in case it helps.

    Best of luck in getting some extra care for your mum and I hope she recovers soon.
  3. Registered User

    Jan 16, 2014
    I stayed in hospital with dad twice..10 days the first... 7 days the second ..there were no side rooms available either time and I understood the patients occupying had the greater need. It wasn't ideal but I set up camp on the chair beside the bed and at night had another chair to put my legs up. However...have to spoken to the senior or staff nurse?

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