In the hospital wife left at home needing caregiver How would you get her help?
Early in April I had a heart attack. My cardiologist sent me for chemical stress test. It was anticipated I would be home from NWH in three hours.
I was receiving a chemical stress test at Newton Wellesley Hospital out patient when the cardiologist stopped the test and transferred me to MGH.
I was admitted MGH over a weekend. Friday May 22 2016 Discharged Wednesday May 27 2016
I was Inpatient at MGH Main Campus
They did a Coronary Arteriogram and Placed Stent
My wife is cared for at home. Dorothy has Alzheimer's she can not be alone and requires 24x7 medical care givers. She receives Care Giver services from 10AM until 11PM. I provide her caregiving from 11PM until 10AM.
I immediately asked for help from someone at MGH.
Someone needed to immediate contact our agencies and get overnight care.
I was abandoned No help available. It was the weekend and hospital services were closed. I was told by a nurse they didn't make calls; I could make the calls myself. What was I to do Dorothy can not be alone. We have no family in the area.
Between the stress of not having the hospital open for testing and being stuck over the weekend I was in no shape to call agencies.
At other hospitals the case-manger or social worker made calls and helped out then followed up with me.
Fortunately Dot's caregiver on Friday afternoon knew there was a problem and called for added help.
What would have you done in this situation?