My MIL fell on Christmas Day and broke her leg and shoulder. She had a rod put in the leg and it's been healing well, but we were told the shoulder could only be immobilized and should take longer to heal. Last year she had 2 strokes so both her vision and short-term memory are not great.
She lives about 4 hours away from us so we can only visit on weekends, but her sister-in-law has been wonderful, visiting nearly every weekday. My husband's brother lives nearby and also visits occasionally. She has been doing physical therapy and making progress, moving from hospital to rehab to nursing care, but has lately "plateaued" in her progress. We were hoping to get her into assisted living in another month or two, but now they want to "take a break" from the therapy for a few weeks, so as not to use up all the Medicare allotted days at once. There are days she refuses to get out of bed--she has a hard time with the parallel bars, since her shoulder is not healed.
Is this a good idea? Will she "languish" and stop trying to recover, or is a break a good idea at this point? How long is too long to wait to resume therapy? We are worried about both her physical and mental state at this point. We were hoping she would look forward to moving on to assisted living nearby, but are worried she'll be stuck in nursing care longer if she doesn't put forth enough effort with the PT. Or is a break what she needs, while her shoulder heals?
Any advice on how long this kind of injury takes to recover, keeping her spirits up, and who to ask what questions when we are there this weekend, would be most welcome!