Saturday, July 09, 2011

Another Week....

Mum has been much brighter this week, since starting her new painkillers, which is great, but she has had two minor falls at home, requiring using her Lifeline tele-alarm to get the Mobile response Team out to assist her :-(

The first fall on Monday happened in the day, when she was getting from her chair back to her bed, but caused no injury and she was not unduly distressed as her dear friend John was with her, and kept her company till the emergency team got there.

 Last night, I had a phone call from the Lifeline service at 8pm . {Mum wears a small emergency alarm around her neck, so if she falls or feels ill, she has only to press the button on the alarm and it automatically dials up the Lifeline service, and the operator can talk to Mum via the loudspeaker telephone attachment. It is all very clever stuff, and makes such a difference to her confidence , knowing that she can always get help, no matter what time of the day or night.}

Mum had fallen, and they had despatched the Mobile response Team to assist her, but they were concerned because she was very distressed. DH drove me up, so I was there within five minutes, and I found Mum on the floor, no serious injuries, but very upset and scared. The Lifeline operator had stayed on the phone to talk to her and reassure her until I arrived, which was great. Within twenty minutes, the Team arrived and used their special equipment to get her off the floor, back on her feet, and safely back in bed. Her only injury was a small graze to one hand, so she was very fortunate, thank God.

She had gone to bed, slept for a while and woken up very disorientated as to time, and got up, thinking it was morning and she needed to use one of her asthma pumps which she keeps by her chair. This shouldn't have been a problem, but she hadn't used her Zimmer walking frame for support, and had consequently wobbled and fallen. It was such a shame, as she had had a really good day apart from that. She is eating better, is much chirpier and happier, and is very much improved from last week, though her physical condition is still desperately frail.......

The Mobile Team said they would contact the Carer Service to request a formal review for Mum by a multi-disciplinary team, who will re-assess her current care package, and what alterations need to be made to make things safer. She may well need a late-night carer just to pop in and make sure she is safely in bed with no problems, as currently, she has a carer attend in the morning to get her washed, dressed and up for the morning and another carer visits about 6pm to get her ready for bed and settled for the night. In the meantime, Mum's friend John and I take turns to be with her in the daytime.

Quite how long she is going to be able to stay at home alone at night is debatable; she is adamant she wants to stay in her own home and not move in with us.  I think she may well need a night-sitter soon, just to keep an eye on her throughout the night.........

On a happier note, on Tuesday I could see from her bedroom window that her golden roses were in bloom. The bush was planted by my late step-father, and produces luscious huge flowers with a truly delightful scent. I went and cut some of the flowers and put them in a vase by Mum's bed, where she spends  the vast majority of her time, so she can see them clearly and enjoy the lovely fragrance. Such a little thing, but it has brought her such delight and pleasure! By Thursday, the blossoms were fading so I cut her some more, including rosebuds, which have lasted really well.

 She smiles each time she looks at them :-)
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3 comments:

DebD said...

It can be so hard to be the caregiver. I hope you're getting the rest you need too. Prayers for wisdom for the Mobile Team and prayers for your mum.

Laura said...

God bless you for taking such good care of your Mom. I know this is a difficult time.

elizabeth said...

love hearing about the flowers; that is beautiful. Hugs and love; so hard when you Mom is getting older and has struggles. Will light candle for her today! and for you... :)