Euphoria of funding was short lived. PALS manager has just called me and said there is NO capacity AT ALL for my dad to have 4 visits a day at home and that we need to start looking at care homes. Bearing in mind it was care home neglect that put him in there in the first place, this is a big NO from us. She was quite persistent, saying we'd have to start thinking about it. She assured me that the discharge team had called every agency (20 on total) on their books and there was no point me trying to call.
So, I started to call round, and straight away got an agency who told me they'd spoken to the hospital yesterday and told them they could look after my dad but not for 2-3 weeks whilst they had some staff on leave, then they could take over. She asked why they didn't send out their Rapid Response team until then. I've never heard of that - has anyone on here please? She says they are emergency carers from the hospital who fill the inevitable gap between discharge and getting regular carers in place. PALS manager has not heard of them either. But this care agency manager seemed to be familiar with Telford hospital's carers.
If dad has to wait 2-3 weeks (if he can hang on that long) in hospital would that not be better than a care home? It would be nice to be given the option.
I then spoke to another agency, and they told me they hadn't even been called by the hospital. They're checking and calling back this afternoon.
Does anyone do their job properly??
Consultant is assessing dad again tomorrow to see if he would qualify for a stint in hospice. I pray they say yes. But ward staff keep saying 'he's stable'.
So frustrating to keep taking one step forwards and two back!!