Trying to make a long story short. My mom is 67, has MS and has been in a scooter the past five years and unable to walk, but she was always able to transfer herself. About two months ago, her new scooter tipped over and she broke her hip in the fall. She has been at rehab at a nursing home trying to get better to get home. But she has not been able to stand well on her own still and is not even close to being able to transfer herself. Medicaid and Medicare are paying for her rehab.
The physical therapist just told her yesterday that they do not want her going home by herself. I feel the same way but have not told my mom because I didn't want her to give up hope quite yet. They suggested an assisted living facility. I have two issues with that. Isn't it necessary to be able to transfer oneself to be a resident at an assisted living facility? Also, the cost, she cannot afford any of them, at least in our state. From what I can tell Medicaid and Medicare do not cover the cost of them.
If she is unable to transfer herself and if we can't afford an assisted living facility, is the only alternative a nursing home? We are trying not to let that happen but I think it is the only choice. By the way I am the only family member helping her and I have a 4 year old, 2 year old and am pregnant with our third and my husband works long hours 6-7 days a week so there is no way I can give her the assistance she needs now.
We have an ombudsman helping her now and I will call her Monday to see if she has ideas, but I wanted to see if anyone had any suggestions on here. Everyone was so helpful on my last few posts.