At 8.30am this morning I received a phone call about one of the people we support called Sarah. The carers in her care home noticed she wasn’t being her usual feisty self and, as usual, they were brilliant at taking immediate action. The care home manger was consulted, and with Sarah showing a very high temperature, a paramedic was called.
It was decided that Sarah could be well looked after in the home, and that given her age and stage in life a hospital admission would cause far more distress than gain.
As Sarah’s Care and Wellbeing Consultant I was called to weigh in.
Even hospital staff will tell you that hospital is rarely a comforting experience, especially for someone living in the later stages of dementia.
Reassured that community nurses would be visiting Sarah in the care home - indeed the same team that would be seeing her in hospital - I readily agreed that it was in Sarah’s best interests to stay where she was in the capable and familiar hands of the wonderful care home staff.
A notification was then sent immediately to Sarah’s solicitor, so they had a record of this significant decision. They would also be able to see all following updates through Plan with Care’s Solicitor Portal.
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By Alise - Head of Wellbeing at Plan with Care