I had to place my neighbor in a nursing home rehab because she had to have an operation. I would like to turn them in but I don't know who I should report them to.

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After about two weeks they had called me and told me that she had fallen out of her chair and had hurt her hip. They took x-rays and nothing was broken but when I checked her incision on her stomach it was badly infected, staples had not been removed as they told me that they would do and also she had very swollen legs and feet with a terrible rash. I took her out of there by ambulance and the hospital stated that the rash was due by bites from bedbugs and it became infected also. I would like to turn them in for this along with other things that I saw in this place but I don’t know who I should report them to. Any suggestions?

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$5.000 a month for 24/7 care at home through an agency? In my area it would be around $12,000.00 a month. I would sure double check those rates. They are very low!
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I have talked to her case worker and they say that physically she is improving but of course the dementia is progressing. She has the funds to provide around the clock care and if somebody calls in sick, they have replacements to cover for them and I am right next door also. If they do an assessment on her and find out that she can come home I know that it would be just a matter of time before she goes back in because of the dementia. Other than the lifting if she needed it, I have been providing her meals, cleaning her home, giving her meds to her but after two years of doing this and because she has sundowners dementia, she would call or come over all hours of the night thinking it was daytime, I am not getting the sleep that I need also.
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Yankee; have you talked to the folks at the rehab about applying for Medicaid for her?

Will the home accept Medicaid?

The other question, of course, is "comfortable" versus "safe".  She might be more comfortable at home, but is it safe, say, if a caregiver calls in sick, or can't get there due to snow.  We face this problem with my mom; she lived in a suburb in the Northeast, atop a hill that iced up in the winter, in an area with no public transport.  

Read Atul Gawande's "On Being Mortal"; he helps you ask the hard questions!
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You are right barb, she can’t live alone anymore but so far everyone that does home health has to be paid about 5,500 a month and at that rate I could leave her in the home where she would get round the clock care but I know that she would be more comfortable at home if they can get her to walking again.
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Yankee; please talk to the social workers at the rehab. This lady can no longer live alone, even with your substantial, but not 24/7 help. She needs either full time care at home, if she has the funds for that, or placement in some sort of care facility where her needs can be looked after.
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That is a huge job! You are such a good friend. I hope she is feeling much better.
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I have been working on her house trying to get it ready for her to come back to. I have painted just about all of the rooms along with sorting through her stuff and boxing it up unless it is either no good anymore, cleaning her closets and putting clothes in there that fit her, buying new mattresses and box springs along with bedding, and washing everything in her home from dishes to towels and sheets and clothing so that when she has home health care they won’t turn tail and run away. Lol
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When her money runs out, there is Medicaid for exactly this reason.
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She has money so far to pay for all of this but not at those rates.
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After a few days in the hospital she is now in another rehab and unfortunately it is going to cost 150.00 a day or more until I can get her back home. I still need to find help for her once she is back in her house because she cannot be alone anymore. I have been working at least six hours or more every day cleaning and painting her house. She is a hoarder but not a bad one thank goodness so I have had to sort, pack and donate a lot of stuff. I contacted the state about the nursing home and he is going to call me. Thank you for your answers. It helped a lot.
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