Saturday, February 26, 2011

Case studies #23/24

23.    A senior needs support: a 92 year old gentleman in a LTC home. Placed here, while his wife was in hospital, she died and he was not able to go home. He is very lonely.  His vision and auditory senses are poor.  He has locomotor issues due to a childhood disease.  He would welcome visitors anytime.  He loves to play cards.

24.   A 80-year-old husband is getting two hours a day respite. This is not enough time for him to get into town, do errands, and get back again, let alone having any down time. He is caring for his 78-year-old wife, who has had a stroke. She is frail, and in a wheelchair. She is often up in the night, disrupting his sleep. He sleeps in the day, and cannot keep her busy enough to sleep at night.
The husband has vision issues, and is facing day surgery. He is on a limited budget.
She is on a list for long-term care, but the list is long and slow-moving. Family is far away. Respite programs at near-by institutions are being cut back, although he has used them before for 10-day breaks.

NOTE: this are cases intended to assist those in healthcare to understand the issues rural residents face. Feel free to use them for non-profit purposes.

My concerns remain, that the Aging at Home programs fail to fulfill the needs of our seniors.
Money spent on Alternate Level of Care hospital residents, sending seniors home from hospital to free up hospital beds, does not work for those already at home. Such dilution of funds, without the proper PSW and nursing care required, has meant that many are lonely, isolated and suffering the indignities we wouldn't wish on our own family members.

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