Basic Nursing Care or Common Sense?

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My 88 year old Mother has been in hospital for a few weeks. During that time she has rarely had a drinking glass beside her when visited. Sometimes she has had no water. He walking sticks vanished after a few days. We requested that they be returned or she would fall. They were not returned and she fell. She is now badly bruised. To get to the toilet she has to negotiate an assault course of obstacles. I could go on but I am too disheartened. In spite of massive publicity regarding care of the elderly, even basic common sense seems to be lacking, never mind actual nursing care!

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    Nuring and caring systems are showing sugnifficant fails, as a carer myself I am foreer making sure walking aids and ater is being drunk I nag my ladies gents all day that they need to drink more. caring requires common sense over everything else. If you are wanting to complain formally and not have to go through management who can be quite useless I'd phone CQC or safeguarding who will investigate these issues, I hope your mother is doing better and any help you need do not hesitate 
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    My mother was in a nursing home for nearly a year.  Towards the end of her life she was unable to use her arms and lift anything.  We found out (just before she died) that this was due to one of her medications.  On many occasions I would visit her and a cold cup of tea would be sitting in front of her.  One day I said to a carer "If you are passing mum's room please would you be kind enough to help her with a drink?" The reply was 'we always help her with her drinks, anyway lift your arms and do some exercise it is good for you (to my mother),"  I could have cried for mum.  She looked so sad at this because she was unable to lift her arms.  Whilst most of the carers do a good job, people like this give them a bad name and should not be working in a caring profession.  I am actually scared of getting old having seen how my mother suffered.
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    I work in a specialised care home. It must be so upsetting to see your loved ones not receiving the quality of care they deserve. Often staffing levels are so poor the ones who are there struggle to complete basic care and do their best to ensure everyone's needs are met. Most carers are kind, caring people but do not get the support they need to give the quality of care they'd like to. Something has to change.

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