So sick of healthcare providers not providing healthcare.
My mom has been in nursing home since December. She was having signs of altered mental status, so I called and asked them to check for UTI. A week and a half later, still nothing. Finally they checked after major outburst and she had a UTI. They treated her, but didn't check to see if it was resolved. At the same time, they also changed her medication from Wellbutrin to Abilify. Thursday she said she thought she had bladder infection as she was urinating a lot. I called and head nurse said they would check it. On Saturday, my mom has all her stuff packed and says she is leaving because they arrested a woman after she accidentally killed a baby they left in her room in the middle of the night. She is afraid she will be arrested next and they are watching her with cameras (they aren't). They still didn't check to see if infection, so I called the doctor myself and they finally checked that night. I also told the nurse on duty what she was saying and that it may be the Abilify. He has them schedule psych consult on Monday. Sunday my mom has fever, conjestion and sore throat. Lab still not back on urine, but get a phone call today from head nurse who says psych changed her meds. He tells me they are taking away Lexapro, increasing Wellbutrin to 300mg and adding Abilify. I said, she is already on Abilify and they stopped the Wellbutrin over a week and a half ago. He has to check chart and says, oh yeah, you're right. I then tell him about mom's cold and he says he saw her this morning and she was fine. He also apologizes for me having to call doctor and discuss these issues. Says nursing should do it. Well, I called my mom and she is not fine. Still congested, with sore throat and probably a fever. All which are listed as possible side effects of Abilify. So I called the pysch myself and left message. Called administrator and told her to call me back. Called head nurse back and said, you told me mom was fine, she clearly isn't, I just spoke to her. I am just so sick of having to manage this crap. It seems like nobody talks to each other at this place. My cousin works there and says it is one of the better places in the area, but I cannot imagine it being much worse somewhere else. I shouldn't have to be daughter, nurse, doctor, psychiatrist and case manager all rolled into one. Someone in healthcare should do their job.