My mother-in-law has had MS for over 12 years and up until January has remained stubbornly independent and refuses to give up the fight! Unfortunately in January she contracted an infection which meant a stay in hospital. The infection was brought under control fairly quickly and we all assumed that she would be allowed home but unfortunately she had suffered another MS episode, which meant that she was unable to stand and get herself in a wheelchair. The hospital and care service decided between themselves that she would require intensive help at home (two carers, four times a day) and this is where the problems began. We all know from the media that there is a national shortage of carers and we knew that it would take time. On the 26th March, the carers were in place and mother-in-law was dressed and ready to go home, when a doctor marched into the ward and shut it down, stating that there was another virus and no one could come or go! One week on, the all clear was given and she was given the go ahead to leave but to add insult to injury she couldn’t leave, the care that had been assigned to her was no longer available!
Out of desperation and a lack of communication from the hospital and care authority, I was forced into contacting the local MP and asking for their intervention, our hope is that they can move things along but there will be a process to follow.
How the authorities can treat a person in this manner is beyond belief. My mother-in-law has not been treated with dignity. She has spent 2 1/2 months on a Dementia ward and has been treated as though she has no mental faculties. She wants to go home and if she were able bodied they wouldn’t be able to stop her but she is at their mercy. She has a husband who has recently been diagnosed with Alzheimers and he cannot cope without her.