Thursday, January 7, 2010
System failures - portraits of home care
This is Case Study #1, cont'd from a previous post
One man I know has debts that have sent him in to the bowels of depression and addictions: beer, cigarettes. He is in hospital, dehydrated, has had two total blood transfusions. They are still doing tests to determine the cause of his dehydration, poor blood counts, diarrhea.
He has a social worker, and has had a PSW to clean twice a week. Neither seem to be of any use. Neighbours, from the local church, had to argue with the visiting nurse to send him to hospital. He is unable to take his medications at the right time. The bubble packs do not work for him, for cognitive, emotional or physiological reasons, he takes a pill when he feels he needs it, along with his beer.
The phone, cut off by Bell, seems to ring and is usually collection agencies. His debts are in the 4-digit range, through various credit card companies continuing to send him new cards and piling up more debt. He is unable to manage his home, let alone his finances.
I cannot imagine how PSWs can go into such a situation and work.