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Topic: Dignity - Response to Findings - By Dawn G.
2014-09-08 22:40:21
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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- Dignity not only for the patient but for the family. Nothing can prepare you for the challenges you face when a loved one has dementia. While my mother was an inpatient at the hospital, due to hip surgery because of a fall, she was a resident on the orthopaedics floor. I was rather surprised that staff were unable to adequately cope with dementia, almost seemed to be a foreign concept to them. I found myself repeatedly reminding staff that she had dementia, and couldnt be left unattended in the washroom, wouldnt know how to buzz for the nurse, couldnt answer questions about the types of medication she was taking. The patient sharing the room was a younger woman, who had never ending visitors (sometimes upwards of 6 to 8), and whose family had the crassness to be making fun of my mothers behaviour, on the other side of the curtain. My mother had become abnormally agitated and difficult due to medications and stress of being in strange surroundings. Although the lack of compassion shown by the other familys ignorance could not be controlled, it would have been appreciated if the hospital staff were more empathetic in ensuring that all patients rights were being respected.

2014-09-08 22:40:21
Sharon Osvald Posts: 120
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Thanks again Dawn G. for sharing your input on this topic. It is an important topic!

2015-02-05 15:25:24