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Friday, December 07, 2012

Ok, really....really? Does anyone have a loved one in a nursing home or rehab? My mom has been in 3 over the years and everyone of them encouraged us to take her out during the day (if her PT was done) to keep her spirits up. She is pretty depressed by now so I devised the perfect plan of putting her in the rehab right next to us (I timed it, less then a minute from my door to theirs) so I could bring her home more often , more easily , just to spend time or eat dinner or watch movies. Yesterday was her first full day there, but of course, I brought her home for the afternoon, I was told as we came back that she absolutely cannot leave during the day unless she has a dr's order for some reason! The lady tried to cite her medicare meeting info but frankly she didn't look or sound too bright, I"m calling back totday to talk to a director but if that is the rule, then guess she is getting discharged and she is back to sq 1 living with me. Which is fine, except that still gives her no supervision while I sleep. What a drag!!! I did call Medicare and they were unaware of such rule......so here I am being a 'problem' again. Is it just me or is it the world? haha
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    I am unaware of such a rule...I know that after three days they have to do a new assessment...and its a paperwork nightmare. You just need to sign her out so that they know where is she. Some families come and take them and don't tell anyone. Sometimes, first shift fails to tell 2nd shift that the person is out. They are suppose to mention this during rounds. So the second shift comes in and finds they have a patient missing. Unless there is a medical reason...and being prone to falls is a reason to not allow her out unless prior approval from the doctor. You should be able to get an order from her doctor without any problem. It's a one time deal. They put it in her records stating that it is okay for you to take her. I am sure they are just trying to cover their arse. You could put a note on her door that says she is out for the day. Your mom is not a prisoner there. She has a right to leave and come back later on in the day. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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