Urge the NHS to review their policy to allow carers to accompany the ELDERLY.

Urge the NHS to review their policy to allow carers to accompany the ELDERLY.

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MEHWISH IMRAN started this petition to The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP

This petition is in reference to the hospital policy that does not allow any other person accompanying a patient, in particular the elderly. The elderly fall into the vulnerable peoples bracket, as do children. Children can have a parent or guardian accompanying them, ensuring they are made as comfortable as possible. In the same way, a lot of elderly people require their carer for the same level of care; personal care (which I am aware is delivered in the hospital setting, but has mental bearings that are not usually considered - a carer has better understanding of the mechanism of how to handle the individual they take care of), and also an emotional element too.

I bring to attention, specifically, the case of my grandmother. My grandmother has health conditions which require her to be treated in a hospital setting. This means days, sometimes weeks of hospital care, not being able to see a family member, or even go days without speaking to one. My grandmother is not able to communicate in English, which means although there are staff sometimes present that speak her language, a lot of the times her needs are often neglected as a result of non-communication. Despite having a letter from her GP stating she requires a carer 24/7, the hospital have not been able to meet this requirement, which is of course understandable as there are other patients and duties to tend to. However, if a carer can be provided by the family, then my argument is that it should be considered. My grandmother is diabetic and wasn't given any food for the 6 hours whilst on the on the assessment unit. She also had a fall which was not documented by the hospital staff, it was only after we managed to get in contact with her via phone did we find out that she had a fall where nurses had to call a male staff member to lift her back up. When we brought this incident up with staff members, they had no idea as the shift had changed, and this was not mentioned in handover, nor was it documented anywhere. On further inspection, after raising many concerns regarding my grandmother’s care surrounding the incident of her fall, I was allowed to see her. I found bruises on her from the fall which again was not documented. Thereafter, she had another fall which proved to be physically and mentally taxing. Her oxygen levels dropped dangerously and she has since been on high dose of oxygen to try and bring her levels back up.

My grandmother does not suffer from dementia, nor any other types of cognitive related issues that come with her age, so she was able to relay to us what had happened. I can imagine how much someone with dementia could potentially be neglected. My grandmother has never had a fall at home, yet, within a day at the hospital she falls. As her carer, I know what method is safe for her when trying to get her to be mobile, or assisting her in any type of care. Unfortunately, in the case of my grandmother, her hospital stay has been detrimental to her mental and physical health. Therefore, I am fighting for a review in hospital policy, so that in this current climate, vulnerable people, such as the elderly in particular, can have a carer accompany and stay with them while they remain in hospital. This would not only lift the burden off the nurses and Carers present at the hospital, but it will also provide sufficient quality care to the individual.

 

 

 

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