My 86-year old father has had an MRI and is being considered for knee replacement as the MRI revealed bone-on-bone. The first thing is clearance from his cardiologist as he is on a blood thinner to prevent strokes. (He has had three, none which have resulted in permanent cognitive, speech, or mobility issues.)
He has Medicare plus Part A and B supplements through AMAIA. The orthopedist has stated he might be in the hospital day of surgery and one additional day. Because of this, he indicated that any type of skilled nursing facility would be an out-of-pocket expense for my father. Is this true?
As I read the Medicare FAQ page, it appears that he would need three days admittance...but that is unlikely unless there are complications...which we, of course, hope do not arise. Am I misreading this? The orthopedist said that Medicare would only pay for home health to come in a couple of hours a week to help with housecleaning...but that isn't needed as my father lives with my husband and me.
I am very concerned about doing bed to wheelchair or bed to bedside commode transfers...both for his sake as well as my and my husband's sake. My father weighs 185 pounds. He is currently going to PT right now for upper body strengthening exercises...but he currently cannot use his upper body for self-transfers.