Unit staff a ‘blessing’
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