So last night I went to my mother in laws after dinner, to my horror she was sitting in the rec room crying out (not her normal rant) about having to go to the bathroom. The nurse on duty was sitting at her desk right across from my mother in law. This was a new nurse so she had no idea who we were. I approached her and asked why my mother in law is yelling at the top of her lungs and why she was not tending to her she looked at me like I had 2 heads.
I explained that my mother in law does not have dimentia ans is fully capable of letting everyonek now what she needs...then she tells me that she has called the PSW and I had to wait, all this while sitting in my mother in laws bedroom...can you guess what happens next???? I insisted she help her and she did. She had every excuse in the book and was willing to let me do this, I told her so what are you here for???? The way I see it they chose this career our loved ones did not choose to get sick.
This morning I asked the day nurse if the nurses are responsible for helping patients and lo and behold YES THEY ARE!!!! Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out...within 1 hour I had the director (who is a fabulous lady that I get along well with) the head nurse and the co-ordinator all in my mother in laws room apologizing and telling me that the night nurses behavior was unacceptable....AND she fell off her bed because little Miss Thing did not ensure my mother in law had her mattress pad on the side of her bed to protect her if she falls.....
Now please dont get me worng, my mother in law had received excellent care at this home, she is well fed (being Italian it's the first thing on my list haha) she is always clean and active during the day and I have even walked in on nurses unexpectedly hearing them call her momma Laura and laughing with her. She is safe and cared for thats all I want.
Stand up for our loved one's we are their voice, let us roar