Saturday, 27 August 2016
Eye deep in Stepping Hell. Two weeks in a geriatric ward.
I was consequently regarded by the staff as one of the "usual" geriatric patients and not someone who would soon be released back into real life. My treatment at the hands of many carers was appalling.
The patients were all dressed in nappies at about 8pm to 10 pm. They were not changed until the following morning. They were ripped off by staff who had a technique of punishing patients they disliked by rolling us onto our sides and then continuing the movement so as to strike the safety rails around the bed.
We were thus obliged to lie in soiled nappies until the staff got around to doing their jobs. If we complained we were "Just Geriatrics" who didn't know what we were doing.
We were actively discouraged from exercising. being largely confined to bed but a few trusted patients were allowed into the bedside chair! The difference in the way patients were treated when relatives were there and when they were not there was quite amusing.
Several times the ward was left unsupervised by staff, who had to rely on more ' normal' patients raising the alarm when less aware patients wandered off!
Altogether a very unpleasant fortnight.