My mother was brought to the hospital by ambulance with excruciating pain due to spinal compression fractures and PMR. She stayed three days under observation status, then released to go home after we expressed concerns for pain management and mobility issues. We were told that arrangements were being made for a visiting nurse and PT. Now five days later she is experiencing hallucinations (stopped the tramadol), is barely ambulatory and we just found out she was denied services because of a high risk home situation (Dad is 90). The hospital was aware of this at the time she was discharged. I have been in touch with her primary and was told the only thing we can do is bring her to the ER because it was unsafe for her to be at home. Because of Medicare guidelines we are in limbo. I initially requested mom be sent to palliative care, but with the observation status umbrella she did not qualify. I do not know where to turn going forward. Has anyone experienced something similar?
I should also add my sister and I share part time responsibility for her care to help out my dad ..... but we both have our own family commitments and jobs. Also mom has dementia.