Monday 16 May 2011 7.33am
Jan, do have a look at 38 degrees. No longer in my marching days, I have become an armchair activist and can sign petitions and send letters to my MP and so on from the comfort of my own home.
The most basic parts of caring are those which are not don - I once visited someone (who had had a stroke and had Alzheimer's) in a major teaching hospital. She was lying back in a neatly made bed. The smell was the clue, and on further inspection she had obviously not been washed or changed for some time. She ate the chocolates we brought so hungrily that I suspect she had also been starving. On speaking to the staff, they said that two or three staff were required to change the sheets, and they were short staffed, so finally, the other visitor and I changed the sheets and cleaned her up.
Unfortunately, these situations seem to be found everywhere these days.