Senior Citizens Emergency Care Treatment
When a person visits a hospital in an emergency situation they expect the best care possible. In many cases it is a life threatening event which makes the visit even scarier. Recently, my husband suffered from a stroke that landed him in the emergency room. I must admit that the hospital was very quick acting providing all the necessary tests and exams by qualified doctors. In reality the experience was made as less scary as possible. The treatment was great as it possibly saved his life.
The next phase after going to the emergency room was being transferred into one of the rooms where the nursing care staff immediately took over making sure that he was made comfortable. They put monitors on him that let them know in an instant if he was suffering any difficulties with his heart and they made constant bedside trips. They would check his cognitive abilities and monitor his heart on a constant basis. He was given the proper medicines along with a good diet. The nurses were very kind and would assist him with bathing and bathroom. This made the part of the hospital stay even more pleasant if staying in a hospital could ever be a pleasant experience. Unfortunately, going to the hospital is not on the top of anyone’s list of things to do. You do not get any rest take that idea off the list. You are there because you are very sick and in need of constant supervision. That is what most hospitals do is watch you and make sure that your physical needs are met.
The final phase of the trip to the hospital is getting close to the discharge. In most cases when a person has had a minor surgery or perhaps a baby the discharge goes smoothly and is a pleasant event. Most people are very happy to be going home and the nursing staff is usually very helpful in getting you discharged into your vehicle and off you go. What about senior citizens? This is where it gets very scary for some because a social worker pays them a visit. The purpose I think is to make sure that they will be alright when they go home. The problem is that the social worker can be very abrupt and intimidating if they do not approach the patient or the family of the patient with the proper attitude. In our case the first thing on the hit list was to insist that my husband go into a nursing home. They did not inquire if he would be taken care of properly at home, would he need a home health nurse, or would he be better off in a nursing facility. We are a very together family and our children, his sisters, and oodles of nieces and nephews are all willing to provide the proper care needed so that my husband would not have to go into a nursing care facility.
It seems the Social Worker gave us very little opportunity to express our opinion to the point it was made very relevant that they wanted to admit him. We of course had to intercede and let them know that he was not that seriously ill. He is talking and walking to some degree as this was a minor stroke that did not leave any permanent damage to his body. He can feed and bath himself as well so he does not need that much assistance and since I am with him he can get emergency care immediately. The experience that we had led us to believe that Social Workers are just not the ideal way to present a nursing care facility instead it should be put in the hands of the physician or nursing staff. First off the attending physician should make that call and inform the family before attacking the patient. Give the family valuable reasons and then let the family express what they can do. If the family is able to care for the patient then let them make that choice. I know that many people need to go to a nursing care facility but because you are a senior does not mean that you automatically should be placed in one.