Went to visit mom at the NH today. As many of you know, she entered there in October 2013, post stroke (which resulted in vascular dementia and aphasia). She broke her hip in memory care/ AL and was certified as "hospice eligible" by her them primary doctor. She's been hospitalized three times since in the NH with pneumonia, chf related problems and most recently (last August) with a large pleural effusion. 5 days in the hospital left her unable to walk, and although PT tried mightily, they were unable to get her back to walking with the walker.
PT re-evaluated Mom 2 weeks ago. They restarted therapy. She's up ! She's using the walker! She can even re-position herself better in the wheelchair, because her arms are stronger. Not all facilities are created equal and this one has its issues, but it's just amazing what they and my mom have been able to accomplish.