My great aunt (86) has been hospitalized this week. While she is responding to treatment, it has become clear (from my mother and grandmother who flew down to be with her) that she can no longer care for herself. The tricky part is that she has been living in North Carolina with a friend while we live in the North East.
She cannot go back to live with her friend as her friend has health issues of her own. Having her go to a nursing home in North Carolina is also not a good option as it is far away from anyone who would visit and look out for her (it's 2+ hours from her friend and like I mentioned, the rest of her family lives in the North East).
We are at a loss about what to do. We think bringing her up to the North East (likely Boston) so that we can care for her here would be the best bet, but we don't know where to even begin with making that happen.
At this point, no one is equipped to take her in their homes on a long-term basis as she would require full-time care. Ideally she would go to a nursing home up here. We also have the threat of the NC state taking over if we can't figure something out sooner than later.
Has anyone had any experience with transporting someone from one state to another and for making these types of arrangements (from a hospital in one state to another hospital or nursing home in a different state)?
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated! We are kind of struggling with what to do. Thank you!