LETTER: Care for the elderly
I HAD the honour and privilege of visiting a family member today at an elderly care facility.
She, the family matriarch, still breathes and loves and remembers what ever ever events she remembers.
Her life story is one for the ages; what she's gone through, what a spirit!
In this care facility, however, she is a person unable to walk, who requires assistance with everything, a person with dementia.
And the staff, sadly, seem to have taken umbrage at the work they must do.
In all of our visits, no one has made eye contact with her.
They talk and joke amongst themselves while attending to her as if they are moving a piece of furniture.
If that's how she is treated while her family is present, what is it like when no one is around?
Our questions on her care bothered staff, and requests for more (necessary) care were shot down with intimidating defiance.
This makes our family feel so disappointed and helpless.
The most vulnerable in our community may be subject to the most minimum effort that will ensure their survival.
A "care" facility, though, suggests there is care.
I acknowledge that there are many elderly care facilities in our region that are amazing, and strive to make their facilities better all the time.
This one was supposed to be great.
I hope that all care facilities will view these vulnerable family members as opportunities to practice compassion.
Each person has a story, and has lived a life-time of suffering and triumph.
They are not their disability or their age.
They are, however, reduced to the function capacity of small children and wait for your kind help. Please care.