Mom has had arthritis in her left knee for years. She's had several falls over the past year. The first one was when she was living in Florida, and I'm in Maryland.
In Florida, she fell, went to the ER, and they shipped her off to a rehab center. They were horrible, and did not help. It was so bad that my girlfriend and myself had to move her out of Florida, on one week's notice, and into my house in Maryland. She was living with us and it seemed she was getting better, when she took a fall in a grocery store. It was all downhill after that. All her confidence was sapped away, and she fell several more times, the last one resulting in a broken hip. Once again, she entered a rehab center. It seemed to me that she was getting better, but they said she was not progressing.
Now she is in long term care, where they don't do therapy, but "restorative nursing". I'm seeing her actually now go downhill, physically, and mentally.
She is just sitting in her wheelchair during daytime, even during activities. In the evening, she's in bed for 12 hours.
I've spoken to staff numerous times, and they say restorative nursing is all the law allows. I asked if we could bring in outside therapy, but they said no.
There is something very wrong with this, as I know she can get better. Maybe not fully, but I know with some real help, there is hope.
I'm at wits end and so is she.
Please let us know any suggestions you might have.
Thank you do much!