Why, if a patient has an illness with a predictable disease trajectory, would such a patient expect a bed, especially if they are receiving home care?
Should we have enough open beds on hand, specifically for seniors? I think not.
If you have had a fall, and need an X-ray, the ER is the place to be.
The late Herb Gray had Parkinson's Disease and he was 82 years old. His widow claims that healthcare isn't serving its senior citizens well.
I would wonder at this conclusion. I have a lot of frail clients. Many are unable to afford more home support. Many complain about the lack of support, yet there is only so much money in budgets to go around. If you are able to pay for home support, the family robs the community of care providers who might otherwise be employed elsewhere. We are short nurses and home care support workers.
But who is to blame?
- The doctors do not understand.
- Home support rounds off to about 3 times per week, depending upon the disease.
- The families fail to understand what it is that the ER can do for them.