At 3 am this morning I contacted Single Point of Access (our 24 hour Help Line) to inform them that I was unwell and would not be able to keep Maureen safe. They have agreed to alert Rapid Response who will contact us after 7 am to arrange an assessment of our situation.
Maureen says ‘she needs someone to look after her and feels unable to tend to my needs’ as my nose drips like a tap, my head aches and I am unsteady on my feet. Her confusion is paramount as she tries to make sense of the situation: ‘in a place that she doesn’t know with no staff on duty’.
My suggestion is she is supported to do what any wife would do when her husband is unwell: ‘help the old man to get back on his feet’. This would avoid a repetition of the distress that was caused on a previous occasion when she was dropped off at a Day Centre when I was unwell.
I am posting a little earlier than normal this morning as I await from contact from Rapid Responders.