the adventures of a veteran nurse in an inner city ER
Home health care is unbelievably expensive; care paid for by the county, city or state is hard to qualify for; and there is even more of a struggle to hire trustworthy help to come into your home...Would you have issues if it were her daughter? Or a daughter giving her father a sponge bath? I don't understand your objection...
I had the same BS from the local hospital they wanted my Mother in law to go to a nursing home to convalescence because it wasn't fitting for a male to take care of her. LOL never mind I had 15 years experience working has a hospital based paramedic. So she went to the nursing home for 2 weeks till the MIL got pissed enough about lack of care that she was getting to sign herself out and come here. Once here I installed he in her own bed (a hospital type powered one) and temporary installed side rails. and started proper care. Fortunately we stopped one ulcer that was just getting started with aggressive care. If she had stayed where she was it would have progressed to a nice big one requiring re-admission......<ah!! I get it , it's a government / Insurance conspiracy, ... we admit them to 'nrsing homes' and kill them off saving pension and medical costs, ya got to wonder...Me.PS you see the same BS in alot of hospitals, Male nurses can't give bed baths or do foley care, etc. etc. to female patients, but a female nurse is above all that and it;'s not a problem if she gives the same care to a male...
ITS HER SON. YOUR SON SHOULDNT BE GIVING YOU A BED BATH, .
He shouldn't have to do that for her. But when the paid staff at hospitals and nursing homes don't do it, family members do what they have to do to keep their loved ones healthy, comfortable, and feeling like a real person.Anybody who reads nursing blogs, including this one, and discussions at allnurses.com is barraged with the message that nurses and CNAs are understaffed and overworked. Most floor nurses make no apologies at all for placing patient hygiene at the bottom of their priority list. And there's no shortage of nurses complaining about family members who don't help do ADL care and instead just sit back and expect the paid staff to do it all for them. This may be disturbing to you, but it's the reality many families face these days. This kid should be applauded, not chastised, for stepping up and making sure his mother's needs are being met.
Wow ~ narrow-minded much? This Mom, although she might be embarrassed to have to ask her son, should laud his efforts and thank him for his care. YOU as a nurse especially should be thanking him for doing part of your job for you, freeing you up for more medically challenging procedures that family members cannot do.I am unfortunately in the hospital a lot (150+ fxs due to O.I. with 25+ ORIFs) and when my ex-husband is in the room, the nurses don't even bother coming in ~ he does everything ~ I'm lucky...most people aren't. He also does home care
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