"Inappropriate Christmas Decorations for People with incontinence"
About: Fremantle Hospital and Health Service / Geriatric Medicine Department & Wards V5&V6 Fremantle Hospital and Health Service Geriatric Medicine Department & Wards V5&V6 Fremantle 6160
Posted by TNP (as ),
This is a complaint my family has with the Christmas decorations in the lift foyer on Ward V5 at Fremantle Hospital.
Our parent has been ill for most of this year and a patient at Fremantle Hospital for a lot of this time.
With disgust, we see that the staff have decided to turn Christmas into a joke by decorating a commode chair and a Christmas tree with adult nappies and other toileting products. The words “Give the gift of continence this Christmas” and “tis the season to be continent” is prominently placed with the commode and tree. We find this offensive, humiliating and degrading to the elderly patients on the Ward. (Please note I have photos if you require)
Christmas is a time for family, kindness and joy - this offensive joke is upsetting for family members who are facing a difficult, sensitive and terrible time with their loved one’s decline/illness. Elderly patients are vulnerable and they would feel humiliated enough with their condition day to day without having to put up with someone’s idea of a joke.
We request that the offending items be removed immediately and a simple Christmas tree be placed there instead. We also request that a staff development session be organised to reiterate the values on the sign placed on this Ward RESPECT being a value.
The above email we sent to Fremantle Hospital they advised that this was an education awareness program and they will be leaving the decorations up.
With respect there is no education material or awareness brochures we request again the decorations are taken down immediately this is very distressing and disappointing to all.