I've been moved to tears by the stories from sister Gransnetters. I worked for a county association for the blind for a number of years and fought for recognition of the difficulties faced by visually impaired people admitted to hospital.
Simple things like, with the patient's permission (always given in our area), putting a nationally recognised sign of visual impairment (eye with a line drawn through it) above the bedhead; introducing the patients on either side to the VI patient, walking them to the bathroom (mind map) and telling domestic staff to be aware of the eye symbol and to always put things back in the same place, are basic examples of dignity and respect.
Helping VI patients with food and drink is essential; it should also be the case for all patients. Simple nursing care is being lost in the drive to make nursing a degree-level career, leaving humanity on the sidelines.
Gransnetters need to lobby on these points. Andrew Lansley - watch out!
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