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Squeaky wheel... get DH up out of bed!

Monday, May 27, 2013

I visited my husband in rehab yesterday and he had not been moved to a wheelchair. You folks pushed me to complain. I just called (7:30 am!) and talked to a nurse who I have met (Tammy). I said I was very concerned about him and after 6 days in a hospital bed and now more time in bed is not at all good for him. She was apologetic and said she'd get right on it.


Thank you all! Chris
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KACAR51 5/30/2013 7:56AM

    Don't even be afraid to stand up for yourself (or others) in a situation like that! Sometimes medical staff need a little push to do what is right! (I was a nurse and worked with many people who didn't want to do anything but the minimum!) Way to Go! emoticon emoticon

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JILL313 5/28/2013 9:00PM

    Chris, I'm so glad you got some action and it's true however unfortunate that the squeaky wheel is the one people listen too. It's about time they put your DH in his wheelchair. . .I know your both happy about that. When is he due to come home? I know you sure needed a little break from being on call 24/7. Take good care. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 5/27/2013 8:37PM

    That is great and glad that you fought for him to get out of that bed.

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MARITIMER3 5/27/2013 8:09PM

    Great - keepl squeaking!

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DOTTIEJANE1 5/27/2013 7:01PM

    Good for you , visiting and calling a different times ,so staff know that you will b e coming and calling also family ,friends, church ,organizations anyone and every one that you can get to stop by and check on him . You got to be persistence , let everyone what you expect daily and always. The squeaky wheel gets what is needed in nursing homes emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 5/27/2013 4:23PM

    You are a great advocate. emoticon

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KATCHATTEAM 5/27/2013 2:54PM

    THANK YOU JESUS !!!
GOD BLESS YOU CHRIS !!!! GOOD FOR YOU !!! GOD WAS ON YOUR SIDE & DH emoticon

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DEBPRE16 5/27/2013 2:38PM

    I am so glad for you and your DH. Good for you - I am so proud of you! I hope he has a speedy recovery. Keep us posted.

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FROSTY99 5/27/2013 1:30PM

    Glad you are getting a response and pray she followed thru.

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NANCYPAT1 5/27/2013 12:43PM

    You have to be PROACTIVE sometimes to get even the minimal care. My aunt was in a nursing home about 1970 with early onset Alzheimers and my uncle visited more than once a day EVERY DAY and if he was unable to visit my cousins went (they visited regularly also but with jobs etc. not every day - BUT if my uncle wasn't going to be there, they made it a point to be there). All these years since, I learned the lesson from my uncle who said, when the staff KNOW you will be there and never know WHEN you will be there, they have to take better care of your loved ones. He also was very generous with gifts to staff (boxes of candy, cookies, fruit baskets, etc.) and always made sure those who actually cared for my aunt KNEW how important their care was. He was a business man and he said that you get MUCH better results by being PRESENT, CLEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPECTATIONS, AND KIND to the staff. Helen and I did the same kind of thing when my father was in rehab for about 4 months and we SAW the difference that made in his care. Even though it was an hour's drive each way, neither of us missed more than one day during the entire time.

I am glad you got some action on this IMPORTANT issue.

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BUSYGRANNY5 5/27/2013 11:11AM

    Good for you... I don't consider it complaining, I consider it advocating for your loved one... Keep on keeping on...

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NPA4LOSS 5/27/2013 11:09AM

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TXMEMAW6 5/27/2013 10:47AM

    Good for you for speaking up and letting them know what you expected from them. You have the right to expect that your DH will be properly cared for. You are paying to have them care for him and should expect that they will do it. So glad you got a positive response. Now, go and make sure that they followed through on it. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day. Hugs and prayers!

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123ELAINE456 5/27/2013 10:18AM

  We have to fight for our rights. Good for You for calling the Head Nurse and stating your concerns and complaints to her. You have to keep them on their toes. If You don't like something complain about it. You Can Do It. Hope He is feeling much better by now. God Blessings to You, DH and Everyone. Have a Happy Memorial Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NELLJONES 5/27/2013 9:21AM

    Rehabs don't do everything, just the things on their list. They really are overworked and underpaid. I had to be there every day to make sure hubby was getting the care he needed.

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DIANE7786 5/27/2013 8:09AM

    We must complain when our loved ones don't get proper care. Facilities are often understaffed and give best care to patients they know will have visitors. It helps if family and friends visit at different times of the day.

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PATRICIA441 5/27/2013 8:08AM

  Good for you!! They should be ashamed of themselves for not getting him up every day. I know a lot of places are short of help but that is really no excuse! Probably felt good for your hubby to be up too!

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HEALTHY4UNI 5/27/2013 8:08AM

    Good for you and your husband. Many times, nurses and aids are not cognoscente of the ongoing condition and needs of those being cared for. You should never feel like you can't express your concerns! Many times, they are more than happy to accommodate requests that don't conflict with doctors directives and if you say nothing, there is a good chance that they have other issues and things that they are dealing with and won't provide the best care possible because their agenda is pinpointed on the ailment and not always on holistic care! So good for you for speaking up and getting a positive response!
Blessings!
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RIDLEYRIDER 5/27/2013 8:00AM

  If you don't speak up, who will?

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SANDRALEET 5/27/2013 7:57AM

    We at time have to fight for our rights.

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