Just a few thoughts on having read the article on the idea of relatives feeding patients in hospitals.
If patients are too ill to feed themselves, any relative or friend who happens to be there at the time might offer to help with this task which can be lengthy and tedious. They might also offer to feed eveyone else in the bay, because some people like doing that sort of thing. Just in a normal way, because they're there at the time.
Possibly it might be a way of communicating, helpful to both giver and receipient.
Why change something which is perfectly normal and nice into some rule infested set up where everyone's the looser?
The patient might prefer the independence of being nursed in the time honoured traditional way. Being fed by visitors might be embarrassing and unwelcome. The patient might feel demeaned.
The visitor might feel put upon.
The staff might eventually regard any assistance in feeding they have to give as only because the relative or friend hasn't come to do what is now not their job.
If visitors had to commit to feed their relatives, or friends, they might find the visits more stressful than normal, and visitors omitting to turn up.
The struggle and skills required to actually get the food down, in the case of people finding it hard to swallow, can be distressing and anger making for both the patient and the person feeding them.
Also is this the thin end of the wedge? The next stage could be changing dirty clothing and dirty bed-linen. This could cause the patients to be left in bed dirtying their nightwear and mattresses, which then got changed by someone else, so the nursing staff would have no need of taking people to the toilet, or getting involved in badpans and the like. Just leave them there and someone else will come and clean it all up.
What about people with no friends or relatives? Entering a hospital with part of the care being done by un paid, untrianed, do-gooders if you're lucky. (You can have your operation done and pills will be given but if you can't feed yourself, or endear yourself to somebody else's relative, you'll starve.
Also what about cross infections, and sterile hygene etc. After the relative has fondled the dog, then been to the toilet and not washed their hands, they now touch everyone in the bay administering their dinner.
I suppose when the system reaches breaking point the hospital will then pay private "Feeders" to come in and do that job, providing a new niche in the job market. And we'll all be paying for it!
Kind Regards, C Youngman (ex physiotherapist, home carer, and daily visitor to husband's Nursing Home.)
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Campaigns & Issues
Woodland Court staff face secure future thanks to Brunelcare
Residents and staff at a retirement village in Downend have finally reached the end of two years of uncertainty, following the acquisition of Woodland Court by Brunelcare.
Previous owners of the 57 apartment village, Care Village Group, went into administration in June 2011, leaving the residents and staff with an uncertain future.
The top priority for the Bristol based charity has been to retain all 27 members of staff to ensure that the support services are maintained, whilst minimising any disruption to the residents.
Stamping their feet
THOUSANDS OF Post Office staff have taken part in strikes across the country following a dispute about closures, jobs and pay.
A staggering 88 per cent of Communication Workers Union members voted in favour of strike action, following a refusal from the Post Office to negotiate terms.
The 4,000 workers, from 373 offices, took part in the strikes in opposition to plans to close 76 offices.
They hope to protect jobs and services and secure a fair pay rise for Post Office staff - who have not had a wage increase since April 2011.
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Health & Wellbeing
Loneliness is a ‘ticking time bomb’
One in three people over the age of 50 struggles with loneliness – fuelled partly by a rise in later life divorces, according to an official study. Figures show almost seven million members of the baby-boomer generation and above admit to feeling lonely.
Research published as part of David Cameron’s plan to measure the nation’s ‘happiness’ said almost half of people over 80 feel lonely - many “much of the time”.
Campaigns groups say the study, by the Office for National Statistics, suggests the generation approaching retirement will be a “loneliness time bomb”.
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Leisure and Lifestyle
Singing you heart out
Music sensation Billy Ocean takes time out talk to Laura Heads about the release of his latest album and how making music has changed dramatically during his 40 year career.
The star has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime and has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum awards across the world. Billy’s unique reggae infused voice and musical style, representing his Trinidadian roots, are recognisable anywhere and it is that which has earned him his well-deserved number ones.
And the well-loved singer-song writer said that the way music is made has changed a lot since he first began in the 1970s. He said: “Music is now controlled by technology. New artists allow technology to control what they are doing.
New guide to travel insurance launched
THIS IS A handy to use and easy to read guide packed with tips aimed at helping older travellers when considering the purchase of travel insurance.
The guide came about as a result of the numerous enquiries we received here at the Mature Times’ offices regarding travel insurance for older people. MT Editor Andrew Young says ‘We receive many, many e-mails, letters and telephone calls from our readers regarding this subject. We know that as you get older travel insurance becomes more expensive, but there are ways that you can try to help offset some of these increases – and this guide can help you do that.’
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