One instance that traumatized my father has forced us to insist they let one of us stay overnight with him during his hospitalization. As related to us by him in distress, in the early hours of the morning, a nurse came to tell him that she was going to bathe him. She undressed him and then a doctor came in. She left him as he was, the doctor did whatever he needed to do, and then the nurse didn’t come back. For an undetermined amount of time he shivered, sitting in the room’s chair, until finally someone came in and found him freezing and dressed him. When my father hears that a hospital visit is necessary, he becomes afraid and sometimes tearful, which is just so hard to see.
Misdiagnoses might be the wrong word, but at the end of my father’s most recent visit to the hospital, he was on oxygen the entire time. And we were told that he would need oxygen at home too. But when the day finally came, someone new came to examine him and said that he didn’t qualify for oxygen. Of course we questioned that decision, and in the end he did have to take oxygen home, and 3 weeks later he still relies on it to keep his levels safe.
The bottom line is that we talked to each other about how hospitalizations must be when no family is there to advocate for their loved ones. It’s common because of course people have to work, take care of young children and families at home, and because usually, the hospitals frown on having people stay overnight unless they are actual patients. Thank you for providing in-hospital care services so that vulnerable people have someone looking out for them!
All my best,
Neighborly Home Care Offers In-Hospital Care in Pennsylvania and Delaware
As our friend made obvious, vulnerable people are often unable to question or protest their care. If they are in pain or unable to speak, they have to accept whatever treatment the on-duty staff provides. We know that most health care professionals care deeply about their patients, but some think or act differently than we would expect when taking care of our loved ones. If you or a loved one has an upcoming hospital stay planned, contact us to learn more about our caregiver in-hospital care options, because having someone to advocate for you or your loved one gives peace of mind about the stay. Our caregivers take notes about what doctors say, and can relate concerns to and from family members who are unable to stay in the hospital with their loved ones. We also offer post-procedure care at home for those who need a little help once returning home from a hospital stay.