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Patient is being release for a rehabilitation center and can not care for herself because she has had surgery and living alone.

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Wait! If the patient is coming home after a hospital stay, the MD CAN order in home care for sixty days, and extend it for 30 day increments, under Medicare. My MIL had a visiting nurse for 6 months, OT and PT for 2 months. OT made sure she could shower and prepare a meal safely. After that stopped, we realized she needed Assisted Living because she really messed up on the meds, even with a 7 day pill box.
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No, Medicare will not provide for simple in-home help. It will provide for about 10 weeks of occupational and physical therapy if prescribed by her doctor. Along with the therapy package comes two baths a week during this time. To get a greater amount of assistance, your patient would need to hire a caregiver. They can also apply for meals on wheels if it is offered.

If there is no money, your patient may need to look into Medicaid for assistance.
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