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Re: Treatment insufficient, Sept 6 story.

My mum was in a rest home’s hospital wing and in the latter stages of being there, she was sometimes falling as she got out of bed.

I became aware of this and asked the staff to put the rail up on the bed, so she couldn’t get out. I was told they couldn’t do that because of the law (I thought of the legal confinement). I said to them, just put it up and I will handle legalities.

They decided to put a pressure pad on the floor so that if she fell out of bed and broke her hip, at least they would know. Guess what, that is exactly what happened.

She went back to the rest home after she was out of hospital, but never improved.

I must say, the home was brilliant in allowing the family to stay overnight in her room, and be with her to the end. My daughter, Kerry, was lying on her bed on her left hand side, and I was sitting on a chair on her right holding her hand.

I was holding her right hand when she went, and she didn’t even grip my hand in pain. In fact, it was some minutes until I realised she was dead.

I had absolutely no problem with the rest home for the cause of my mother’s death, because she wanted to go.

She had told me numerous times that she wanted to join Chopper.

Ian Summersby

Re: Treatment insufficient, Sept 6 story.

My mum was in a rest home’s hospital wing and in the latter stages of being there, she was sometimes falling as she got out of bed.

I became aware of this and asked the staff to put the rail up on the bed, so she couldn’t get out. I was told they couldn’t do that because of the law (I thought of the legal confinement). I said to them, just put it up and I will handle legalities.

They decided to put a pressure pad on the floor so that if she fell out of bed and broke her hip, at least they would know. Guess what, that is exactly what happened.

She went back to the rest home after she was out of hospital, but never improved.

I must say, the home was brilliant in allowing the family to stay overnight in her room, and be with her to the end. My daughter, Kerry, was lying on her bed on her left hand side, and I was sitting on a chair on her right holding her hand.

I was holding her right hand when she went, and she didn’t even grip my hand in pain. In fact, it was some minutes until I realised she was dead.

I had absolutely no problem with the rest home for the cause of my mother’s death, because she wanted to go.

She had told me numerous times that she wanted to join Chopper.

Ian Summersby

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