I receive a call today from my mother's doctor who told me that my mothers' legs are swollen because she is sitting all day. And I knew this, i.e., once rehab is done, nursing home care takes over and because of so many lawsuits, they won't allow people to walk (I didn't know this). So, NH won't allow mom to walk because she's a fall risk. I was told this is the norm for this type of facility.
Um, huh? Kind of like 'run that by me again, please."
So, I question her about this, saying, well, if she's sitting all day in that wheelchair, isn't that bad for her health, too? Won't people start suing for allowing a patient to sit all day just as they've been doing for allowing people to walk? It just doesn't make sense that a home like this (a well regarded one at that) allows something just as unhealthy as sitting all day to occur.
While I know the bottom line is $$, wouldn't it make more sense for the large corporations that run these places to hire someone to at least accompany patients to their destinations via walking at least to get some exercise?
While my mother loves the activities, etc., she's not happy about not being able to walk. But then we've got the dementia, so when she comes home, she'll be walking yet wandering. My options are, 1) take her home where she'll be able to walk (and we're assuming fall); or 2) leave her there where she'll have swollen legs, better chance of blood clotting, but 'safe' because she won't fall.
Makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. And I'm sure within the next ten years that will change once the baby boomers (i.e., people my age group) start to object to this type of treatment their elders will be receiving in these facilities. Plus people our age group will start seeing their significant others in them and start complaining loud and clear.
Oh, but she can go into assisted living which is self pay at $5500 a month. Then they will allow her to walk. Quite frankly, there are NO GOOD OPTIONS for our elders.