My 85-year old MIL suffers from dementia, is unable to walk because her knees have deteriorated badly, has a blood clot in her lung and is bleeding internally. She is not a candidate for surgery because of a heart condition (anaesthesia would probably kill her.) She and my FIL live in the independent living section of a CCF. She was recently hospitalized with rapid heart rate, low BP (80/40) and delirium.
When she was released from the hospital, the nursing home did an evaluation and said that she is not in need of skilled nursing care.
How sick does someone have to be to qualify for skilled nursing care under the Medicare guidelines?
And what is their definition of "skilled nursing care?"
Thanks for any information you can share.