"Needs more people to ask what is going on"
About: Croydon University Hospital / Older people's healthcare Croydon University Hospital Older people's healthcare CR7 7YE
Posted by Pattern116 (as ),
In my view the ward itself needs more people to ask what is going on. My Dad has dementia and cant tell me what is happening. The Doctors come in the morning, as his daughter it is difficult to know what is going on and what has been said in the morning. I might catch someone if lucky and they will say this or that that has happened but there is not a system for saying what’s happened, its only if you can catch anyone to tell you what the medical update is.
Access to TV’s would be nice. With dementia my dad can’t do word search so there is nothing for him to do, so he gets easily bored. My dad has also spent 3 weeks waiting to see a neurologist following a referral. So it feels like my dad is marking time and has been here over a month. Further surgery is needed and hasn’t even booked so it feels like he is here with nothing happening, they don’t seem to be getting on and doing things.
When he is bored he wanders, gets restless and disturbs the nurses. In terms of the nursing care, some are good, some less so.
My dad is the first dementia person in the family he was diagnosed 3 years ago at the Memory Clinic at South Norwood but he has not been reassessed in that time it would have been good to have better access to information