"Family members not having a voice."
About: Royal Perth Hospital / Trauma & Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery Services Royal Perth Hospital Trauma & Reconstructive & Plastic Surgery Services Perth 6000
Posted by Exhausted (as ),
My sibling & I spoke to the Trauma Doctor, Social Worker & Nurse Coordinator about our elderly parent not being physically or mentally capable of taking care of them self at that point in time. Despite our concerns our parent was discharged too early without adequate services in place to support them. At discharge we were handed a discharge summary & my parent's medications by a relief nurse who hadn't looked after my parent. No member of the Trauma Team was available to talk through my parent's discharge or required follow up. There were a number of gaps in the discharge summary which we had to follow up with the Trauma Team.
We had a horrendous 5 days of my parent being in severe pain at home. My sibling & I were carers for our parent 24/7. By the end of the 5 days we were all exhausted. My parent was re-admitted to RPH as they were misdiagnosed with a spinal injury.
My parent has a fractured right shoulder (this is their dominate hand) & is in a sling, a fractured vertebra & is in a brace as well as a fractured toe & their foot is in a boot. My parent is taking strong medication & therefore tends to become disorientated. How as family members can my sibling & I communicate our concerns & wishes in terms of our parent's care plan? How do we stop my parent from being discharged too early without adequate services in place?