Dad was in the hospital for 2 weeks. In that 2 week period, he was diagnosed with Cardiac Amyloidosis, CHF,Cardiac Cirrhosis, and they found a large mass in his liver suggestive of Hepatocellular Carcinoma. Im heartbroken. While in hospital, he was diagnosed with CDiff too. He began to hallucinate and became very confused.
He went to SNF for therapy. SNF was going to discharge this past Tues. There is no way my dad could have left! I filed a Redetermination Appeal, it was denied. I then filed a Reconsideration Appeal, I was granted a 14 day extension to gather my documents.
I got a copy of the therapist notes,etc. He has made some progress, but the SNF said he won't improve and he has plateaud! I educated myself on the Jimmo Settlement! I have also spoken to a LTC Ombudsman.
I am so distraught with everything that has happened this past month,I can't even think straight.
My poor dad has very poor hearing even with his hearing aides. His confusion has worsened, which makes it so very hard for him to understand what the therapist are wanting.The social worker told me that my dad can only ride the stationary bike for 12 minutes then he's tired. Of course he is! Are they not taking into consideration of his diagnosis?
I have to write a Reconsideration letter,explaining why I think he should have skilled care. One of my arguments are,he had to quarantine in his room for 14 days since he came from hospital. He didn't have full access to the therapy equipment until Day 15! They wanted to discharge on Day 20!
If any of you can offer me any wisdom,I would be so grateful. I am an only child and I want to do everything I can possibly do for my dad. He deserves that!
Sorry for going on and on...im just so worried.
P.S. When my dad is a little stronger, I will be bringing him home with 24/7 care.