Will we be able to take my aunt home from the rehab facility if she does not improve?


Hello. My 93 year old aunt is currently at her second rehab facility after three separate stints in the hospital. Chemically she is in great shape. She is there to regain mobility after laying in bed for a week at a time in the hospital. Before Labor Day she lived on her own and was completely fine. She walked with a walker in her home but she had no issues. Now she cannot pick herself up to walk with a walker. She has been wearing a brief and going to the bathroom that way. This is NOT like her at all. She says she wants to go home. Will we be able to take her home if she does not improve? Thank you for your time.

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I don't see why not. My aunt will be 91 next Saturday. She lives at home by herself. She uses a cane now for several years and she wears disposable underwear also.
Now she does have an aid that comes every morning to help her out with her meds and to get her day started. She doesn't cook or clean or do any chores except care for her dog. She has home health through medicare that provides an aid to bath her twice a week and a nurse who checks on her weekly and she takes occupational therapy at home presently. She tries to get physical therapy once a quarter to keep her strong and help with balance issues.
What was your aunt in the hospital for? That might make more of a difference than anything you mentioned other than being weak. She clearly needs to regain her strength and that takes longer as we get older. She's been through a lot to be in the hospital three times. How is she doing with therapy? Therapy helps So very much. I would encourage her to work hard on her therapy and it is hard work. She will regain her strength much quicker if she stays in rehab as long as she is allowed. But, again, if she had a stroke or had to have surgery it might take longer.
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The issue will be how much care she will need and what resources are available to provide it. If she can't get to the bathroom, for example, can she change her own briefs? Doubtful, for most people. So, will she have someone there to change them for her? If she can't get from sitting to standing, she will need assistance. If she can't prepare her own meals, she will need at least something like meals on wheels. Her options after discharge are totally dependent on how much mobility she regains.

When she says she wants to go home, encourage her to fully cooperate with the therapy and become as strong as she can, so she will have the most options when she is discharged.
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Yes, they will let you take her home, unless you tell them that she requires more care than you can provide. If she is competent, she makes the decision, but you do not have to provide the care.
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