What happens in between carer visits in a moment of crisis ?
A 95 year old was unwell with a urine infection and the morning carer left her in bed.
A little later she needed to use the toilet and was unable to get there in time. This caused her to have an accident and be in a terrible state.
Who could she call for help ?
She called her friend who is in her late 70’s herself and already does a huge amount to care for her friend.
However her friend is no nurse and no carer. She admitted to me that she “Didn’t know where to start ” in cleaning her elderly friend up.
Who can help in this situation ?
The answer is NO ONE !!!
The care agency used to provide her three visits a day don’t have care staff on “stand by”. They can’t afford to pay them to do nothing if not needed. Rapid Response is only available following a hospital admission or accident. Hospital at Home can’t help either.
So, if no-one can help should the Government not be looking into this gap in care provision as they are encouraging more and more elderly people to stay at home.
The saying goes “As happy as a pig in muck” – Is it humane to allow an elderly person to remain in theirs ?