I adore reading this blog, Emergency Room Nurse. Now promoted to 'Clinical Care Leader', the author is an advocate for all stakeholders in the system, from patient to professional. Her latest piece,
When the Physician is an Idiot, You Have To Be an Advocate
We in the health care system must advocate for our loved ones, family and friends (they are not mutually exclusive or inclusive!) In this case, her nurse over rode the intern, who misinterpreted a DNR order as a Do Not Treat order, and denied appropriate, simple, medical intervention. Such a shame, but bless those in uniform who do so.
If a senior is not eating, if their home is dirty, it is up to someone to take control. If moldy food is left in a refrige, and it is eaten, there could be dire consequences. My concern is if there are no standards of care for a Personal Support Worker, and they are not checking the food situation for a senior, someone has to be accountable.