|Many clients won't take pain meds|
There many ways that it can go wrong.
|RPNs contradict doctor's orders|
She worked, a waitress, until she was age 63. In 1980 she had bowel cancer. She has aortic stenosis, and wears nitroglycerin patches, although there was an argument about how long it should be on. She is lactose intolerant and eats several tablespoons of soft food a few times a day.
She weighs 60 lbs. and is no longer able to care for herself. The family (two sisters) pay him to live with Mom.
Mom, in her hospital bed, receives Red Cross support every morning. Son/caregiver is unable to change her adult brief, I gagged, too, and he relies on others to do this. Otherwise, he gives her her medications, feeds her, and ensures she is safe. He keeps the two-bedroom
|Filth on the wall, nicotine with cat fur attached,|
plus more garbage and needle cap.
He gets respite from caregiving twice a week, for 4 hours in the afternoon, from two different volunteers.
Due to the nature of the situation, and the weekend service from one volunteer, he has their home phone numbers. He will often phone and request an extra afternoon. When he comes home from his outings, he is either drunk or stoned. He hits on one volunteer, who explains she is happily married.
|Portraits of Home Care|
This is how PSWs
leave his apartment.
A year ago his niece moved in, daughter of S. She was
|This nurse left a needle under the bed|
at one client's apartment.
Another sister, E, works shifts and usually visits frequently, especially when her mom needs her brief changed. Both sisters take good care of her, doing her hair, her nails, and tidying her up.
|This is how the nurse fights with a Home Care client,|
and often loses. This man didn't belong in his own apartment.