"Shortage of end of life care in the NHS for Alzheimer patient’s"
About: Victoria Hospital / Geriatric Assessment Victoria Hospital Geriatric Assessment KY2 5AH
Posted by DollyMixtures (as ),
My wife is in the latter stages of the disease, and currently resident in a Psychiatric ward, from which the Doctors wish to discharge her back into the care sector where in my experience the level of care for her present condition is totally inadequate.
Her condition is such that she is bed ridden, has no communication or cognitive ability and is totally dependent on a high level of care to meet her mental and physical needs. The only place that this is available is in the NHS. She greatly benefits from the ambiance, high professional standards, good carer patient ratios and continuity of nursing staff. However due to the shortage of provision and current push to reduce “bed blocking" we are being pressured into selecting a care home where the care standard and continuity cannot be guaranteed. I say this after her being resident in one of the best care homes in Fife for over two years
This will be the third time my wife will have been discharged from this hospital on each occasion any minimal improvement has been short lived and it has been a long and laborious process to have her re-admitted. The reason for her admission was the care home could no longer meet her needs this after trying many therapies including a period of one to one care.