|Source: Straits Times 5 March 2011|
Priority will be given to the treatment and care for five major problems that afflict the elderly: hip fractures, stroke, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. The aim is to help patients make a smooth transition from hospital to home. More support will also be given to caregivers who suffer from burnout and emotional stress, and to voluntary welfare organizations such as NTUC Eldercare, to help them expand their home-care services.
When I read the above news yesterday, little did I realize that in less than 24 hours I would be in dire need of some geriatric knowledge.
|The doctor on night duty explained to us with the aid of visuals the type of hip fracture that mother has.|
My brother and sister-in-law helped me get her admitted to a specialist hospital in PJ. The X-rays showed she had sustained a right hip fracture. Surgery seemed inevitable. The doctor would give us a clearer prognosis a few hours from now (Monday morning) after examining her. We would know what the options are - if any.
At her age, it would take a while for my mom to recover sufficiently to be on her feet again. As I look at the days ahead, one thing is for sure - I will have to learn how to tend to my mother's special needs during the healing process. I've read enough and seen enough to know that caring for an elderly patient during and after hip replacement surgery can take a toll on the caregiver.
I pray I will be up to the task...