This is a recent story from a friend whose mother is in a place in upstate NY. I suspect that there is another side to the story but too much of it sounds familiar. I was in the hospital longer than I needed to be because Medicare wouldn’t cover rehab unless I’d been hospitalized for three days.
“Re. her rehab it’s been a catastrophe: 1. the hospital tossed her out after 5 days (after major cancer and removal of leg from the hip down), because insurance didn’t want to cough up more. 2. she ends up in rehab well before she should have been beginning exercise… but because of Medicare strictures, they began forcing her to exercise, and sit on chairs, even with giant metal staples stuck in her which were pushed about. I had to get one of the surgeons to call the facility and ask them to stop but because of Medicare they had to “prove” she was “rehabbing”…. 3. we got her to the nursing home and I was excited because their website advertises a “therapy pool” and I felt that water therapy was probably the only way my mother could keep up her strength, and they agreed but, once we signed on, we were told she could not use the pool… because they had “no way” to get her into the water, insisting that wheelchair bound people needed special cranes to get her in. So she doesn’t have any options other than drugging herself up and waiting to vegetate.”
It’s not just Medicare that’s the problem, I feel, but that too many of these places are for profit and cut as many corners as possible. How can there be a pool at a nursing home without a crane? Our YMCA has two. Isn’t it odd that both nursing homes and prisons are now run to make money? Is there a connection?
When I’m elected, I will fight for fresh fruit and vegetables, whole grain bread and sugar-free desserts. And an ombudsman assigned to every patient.
And, of course, soup spoons!