This post is a follow-up to the recent thread by Albert (21/12/19) wherein reasonably independent people go into hospital for a checkup after a fall, uti, or other ill-defined reason and so often end up confined to bed for no good reason, apart from nurses’ convenience and the patient often being meek, respectful and desire to do what they’re told. This happened to my mother and that led me to research the effects of bedrest, especially after mum’s astute consultant, who had just treated me!, asked exactly why are you bedbound?!? There was no good reason, apart from the request for community physiotherapy had been made to the wrong community physiotherapy unit! Law. case pending!
I just googled a few nursing/medical articles and I’d like to make us carers informed that just staying in bed, not sitting in a chair for part of the time, or moving our bodies, stretching, do have consequences after a relatively short time.
At one point, mum told me she was simply unable to stretch her arms up and wide because the neighbouring bay had spread over into her space. The nurses didn’t understand that my 94year-old mother wanted to do some exercising!
Bodily functions, mobility and psychological functions are all impacted by being confined to bed. Just sitting in a chair makes some difference.
My experience makes me wonder if hospitals did more to keep patents mobile, rather than confine them to bed, wouldn’t that help patients remain independent and reduce the amount of social care?
Interesting papers on bedrest:
There are many more accounts of the effects of bedrest. It has so many implications on the quality of life for those we care for, and the cost to us and the community. Bedrest may be necessary and appropriate, but ought not be used for convenience sake for the compliance it affords, imho!
Michael: Any interest in pursuing this campaign against unnecessary hospital bedrest by Carers Uk? So often your membership and local authorities are left to care for their loved ones who have been left immobile in bed for days/weeks etc., when they are capable of more…