It explains a great deal GG, thanks!
First admission was with the life threatening pneumonia and then, after 10 days at home, a second admission because they couldn’t stand or bear weight. Admission, and 2 days in an assessment unit confined to a bed, where I begged them to get OH out of bed but they wouldn’t… the worst possible situation for mobility. I can now see how his first admission may have caused the second one.
Discharged 8 weeks ago today and with me here 24/7 he has had no further falls, (lots of them in hospital), and from being under 9 stone he has gained 7lbs. He is walking a little better but still needs a 1:1 to walk, get out of a chair or to the loo. BUT, he is, thankfully,making very slow progress and I will willingly wait a year if I could get him back to anything like what he was before; even half way to that would be good as I envisaged no progress at all.
However, all those days in hospital, and, when I asked if he had been mobilised, staff thought that walking him a few metres to the toilet, once a day, was enough. I was there for at least 4 hours every day, mobilising him, taking in calorie laden foods, feeding him when necessary; staff had little to do when I was visiting and actually never had interaction with the other patients on the bay during the time that I was there. Too busy with paperwork etc.
All I can suggest GG is, if you possibly can, get him home ASAP and you will do far more for him than the hospital can. I am giving my OH an enriched diet which was never provided in hospital until Dietetics gave me a booklet on discharge… why not the same for in patients?