Unit staff a ‘bless­ing’

Kingston Whig-Standard - - OPINION -

I was pleased to see that the Tran­si­tions Unit has re­ceived fund­ing and will con­tinue to be open. My hus­band spent the bet­ter part of the sum­mer there re­cu­per­at­ing af­ter hav­ing be­low the knee am­pu­ta­tion. The orig­i­nal plan was to dis­charge him ASAP with lit­tle af­ter­care. Two vis­its per week by a PSW! Med­i­cal equip­ment was pro­vided by On­tario Med­i­cal Sup­ply. Ten min­utes af­ter he ar­rived home from hos­pi­tal, he fell caus­ing his wound to re-open.

The care at the hos­pi­tal was out­stand­ing. But when they deem you ready for dis­charge - out you go! We found out about the Tran­si­tion Unit be­cause my daugh­ter has a friend who works there. The so­cial worker from the hos­pi­tal who is sup­posed to sup­port the pa­tient ei­ther didn’t know or was un­will­ing to of­fer this as an op­tion. Not un­til af­ter the fall, that is.

The Tran­si­tion Unit and the staff were a bless­ing to us. While there, he had per­sonal sup­port, nurs­ing sup­port as well as phys­io­ther­apy of­fered daily. But more than that, he had com­pan­ion­ship that he would have missed out on if he had been left home alone. Too of­ten pa­tients are sent home with­out ad­e­quate sup­ports in place to as­sist with all as­pects of their re­cov­ery. Not only should this unit con­tinue to re­ceive fund­ing, but more beds and more units should open. Chris­tine Le­Clair Kingston

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