|cat with her own health issues|
For example, my mother went to the ER the night before she died. She truly thought there was something the doctors could do for her. That morning, when a tumour was encroaching on her lung, she was unable to breathe. I helped her change her adult incontinence product (AIP), and then called the doctor. She wanted him to visit, as she though "Maybe there is something he could do for me."
|dangerous amounts of drugs on hand|
Mom was taken home by my brother, where she peacefully passed over on the couch. Fortunately, her cancer was internal. There was no external wound. No infections.
|cat hair attached to nicotine film on walls|
|soiled mattress 3 weeks in hallway|
Yes, many prefer to die at home, but at what cost? Extensive Home Care, with a drain on family members who risk their own healthcare issues.
Our family was fine. Mother had no wounds, no wound care was required, she only needed pills for morphine. She wasn't in extensive pain. She had in Red Cross who cleaned, tidied. I was there to do other ADLs. In many cases a caregiver cannot hope. Support services are worse than ought to be tolerated for those with severe health issues. In many cases they cannot die with dignity.
A risk of re-infection. (My mom had this happen after her second surgery.) Or the risk of open wounds getting flies into it. Maggots crawling across a care recipient's bed isn't a pretty sight for family members.
The lack of care or standards of care for palliative clients is one of the most criminal things I have seen.
We are hiring for-profit agencies, who receive tax dollars, to care for clients in their homes.
Some agencies are non-profit, others are for-profit. While nurses have standards, and training critirea, the College of Nurses Ontario, to watch over them, PSWs do not have the same training, regulation, or body to watch over them.