Do you know @Palerider, it never entered my head. I assumed that was the way we do things now.Did you pass on your observation to the ward manager? This is one reason why I have fouight to keep mum out of our local hospital when threatened with admission
There was no way I would have left mum, she is so vulnerable I didn't have any indication that she would be looked after and kept safe which was why I stayed with her. I can quite understand your reticence with regards to your mum, because that is the view I now hold.
Mum was only in for a short time, so my observations were limited, but dirty sheets left on a chair all afternoon were there for all to see, none of the ladies were encouraged or helped to eat or drink and the lackadaisical attitude of toileting I've already mentioned.
I'm certainly not an advocate of the 'good old day's', by any means, but I did feel that standards weren't what they were in my day.
If our experience was a true reflection of today's caring, and I truly hope it wasn't, then I should have talked to someone, we are a healthy family and haven't ever stepped foot into hospital, so are unaware of modern nursing.