Not Fit for Purpose

I am hoping Mother will be home from hospital early next week.

The hospital social worker is convinced she needs to go into a nursing home. She may be right, but she’s not coming up with the evidence.

Once again Mother has been assessed as being unable to perform simple tasks; to walk; to understand instructions.

I asked to be at the assessment. It was carried out without me. I pointed out that I had stayed East especially to attend. Another assessment was arranged.

In conversation on the ‘phone I had already underlined the importance of giving short clear instructions; making tasks ‘real’; not asking questions; giving Mother space.

“Do you want to go home?” asked the OT, “You need to show us you can stand up if you do.”

Obviously there was a great deal wrong with this approach, but I limited myself to saying, “That won’t work”. Continue reading