My mom suffers from Parkinson's related dementia and heart and kidney problems.When she first went into the nursing home, it was with the goal of returning home after rehabilitation ( strengthening her muscles,re-learning to use the walker' ect. Things did not progress smoothly as mom's dementia causes hallucinations,delusions integrated with periods of normalcy. Unfortunately, the emotional distress got in the way of her physical rehabilitation and prevented progress. On her last visit to the doctor we asked about the possibility of physical therapy again. The doctor said it was reasonable and wrote the order on mom's chart. In the meantime after no response from anyone at the nursing home, I approached the Director of nursing about the possibility of physical therapy. She wrote a note on a sticky pad, and said that the nursing home would do a physical therapy eval and assess from there. Two weeks and no response. I have a feeling that mom's dementia is the barrier to progressing with the physical therapy; but regardless shouldn't the nursing home get back to me with an answer about the physical therapy?
Personally, I don't think there is much chance of mom getting the therapy as her dementia causes so many communication problems with the staff. She is on many meds, and I really don't think adding more is going to help anything. She is 79, and strong in many ways. I hate knowing that she is suffering mentally, but other than praying and being there for her daily and trying to assure that she gets the best care available from the facility, I don't know what else to do.