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Mom has stage 7 Alzheimer’s/ Dementia and is non verbal. Should I consider moving Mom to another facility closer to me. She is presently 40 minutes from me. There is only one nursing home by me and it is very old and not anything close to like the one she is in now.

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I hope you went suitably ballistic about this. But I am also glad to read that you are sensibly waiting for the outcome of the investigation. Best to know whose heads exactly, before you demand that they roll.

Your being closer to the facility isn't the criterion to focus on - whether you're ten minutes or forty minutes away has nothing to do with the quality of care on site - but the staff ratio, leadership, and ability to meet your mother's needs are. So surely the first thing to do is make a decision about her treatment, and from there develop the plan for continuing her care according to its outcomes.
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I can't imagine that a move both closer to you and with an increased rating is anything but a no brainer unless I am missing something. It sounds like a great move if Mom is accepted. The thing that most worries me now is that you should get the advice of an attorney. Assisted living and care homes have my most sincere sympathy for all they do, as do those who work for them, who often work long hours doing difficult lifting and hard work both mentally and physically. HOWEVER, whether accidentally, through poor training, or some other reason, serious injury has been done to your Mom. This could, at that age, send her to hospice care. You should consult a lawyer as there should be some settlement now for Mom's future care costs. So very sorry this happened to both her and to you. I hope she will heal, but a bad break is not a good thing.
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I think one of the very few rules about getting good care for a severely disabled LO is “be there as often as you can”.

Will you be able to run into the potential closer placement a few times before she is transferred there? If you go at different times each day, you’ll be able to experience “sights, sounds, and smells” in real time before making a final decision.

I think the 5 star rating and more importantly, being closer to you, are potentially positives for you and for her.
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I'm assuming your mother is currently hospitalized? When she's released I suggest you move her to the older NH with the higher rating. I'm having a difficult time seeing how a 2 person transfer to a chair could accidentally result in your mother's injury without some carelessness. Tib/fib fractures are usually the results of the foot being pinned during a fall or a direct sideways force against the leg while the foot is firmly rooted (cleats or other traction soles) of a standing person. The foot needs to be pinned in some manner to exert enough force to break the bones or the person needs to fall onto something elevated while the foot and knee can still hit the floor. Your mother's foot would have needed to be pinned as her body was lowered into the chair (resulting in a break nearer the ankle) or someone could have fallen across leg while your mother's foot was on the floor and she was standing or sitting in the chair (causes break near point force was applied). It just shouldn't happen with a two person transfer, even if the patient was uncooperative.

So sorry you and your mother are going through this terrible experience. I will pray for both of you.
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A little more information please. How long has your mother resided there? How bad are the breaks? Does your mother have weak or brittle bones that make breaks easier to happen? Was this a one person transfer? Was the staff member doing the transfer new to the job? What do you mean by the closer home "not anything close to like the one she is in now"? Older? Less staff? More institutional setting?

I share you concern that your mother was injured during a staff transfer but my initial reaction is I also like the facility honestly told you what happened. If the level of care your mother has received has been good before this incident and your facility management has a plan to make sure this particular problem doesn't happen again (additional training or staff member for transfers), then I would probably be inclined to leave her in the present facility. The other facility might provide better care or it might not. Maybe it's better to stay with the devil you know than risk the devil you do not.
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Guardian62 Jul 9, 2019
My Mom has only been here since the first of the year 2019. It was a two person transfer and one of the staff members has only been here 3 months. The care has been pretty good with me having to visit frequently and give reminders to the staff to make sure Mom is being taken care of properly.
The breaks are very severe and will take a long time to heal. If we opt for surgery it will be intense with a lot of hardware according to the ortho dr. Mo. does has some Osteopenia which is normal for her age. She is 80.
The nursing home I’m considering moving her to has a 5 star rating and is only 10 minutes from my home. The one she is in is 50 minutes away only a two star rating. The state did come in after the incident was reported. I do not know the outcome of their investigation yet.
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