Hi all - I'm new to this forum but looking for any advice. I am 30 y/o, newly married and living in NYC. My mother is widowed and lives in Ohio. Currently I'm her long distance care giver. I fly home 2x a month and I am on the phone nearly all the time. A year ago, mom was independent and living with her mentally handicapped brother in law who had his own aide services. After a broken femur, a bone marrow disorder scare and a plethora of unrelated health concerns, she spent the better part of the last year in and out of hospitals and nursing homes. She's currently in a SNF but transitioned to Medicaid because Medicare coverage ran out. She is miserable and desperately wants to return home. I'm struggling on what to do. PT is going to stop working with her because they don't feel she's made enough progress (she left ICU after an infection 3 wks ago so I do feel this is premature) and she's combative and depressed. She wants to keep trying, but they won't let her learn to walk again because they don't feel that it's going to improve.
I'm struggling as a caregiver what to do. Moving home is nearly impossible as my husband and I would both have to quit our jobs which is a big risk. I can look into waiver services for home health but she cannot get to the bathroom alone so it would likely be full time. We've considered moving her with us and hiring home health but Medicaid doesn't transfer state to state and the process is daunting.
How long until it's clear mom will no longer improve? She's so young and has no dementia diagnosis—she's just depressed and wants desperately to leave and isn't getting stronger. I have no idea who to talk to because no one my age has gone through this yet. I want what's safest for her but also what will make her happiest and I don't know that being in a nursing home at 69 will make her happy.