Mom is 94 was in a Independent Care Facility using a wheelchair and transferring on her own. She is very alert issues are physical. She fell in the bathroom. Then was in the hospital for 3 days and they wanted to discharge her back to her apartment. I requested a mobility evaluation and on the 5th day they transferred her to a Rehab Facility.
Back to the hospital twice thereafter. First for pain in the left ankle that when X rayed showed a fracture of the Fibula. Splinted and has since healed without problems. A week after that hospital admission and back at Rehab she became confused. Blood work showed Hyponatremia.
During that period she was on pain meds and sleeping most of the time. She developed a heel pressure sore on the right foot. IMO – Poor patient management. Rehab claims the pressure sore on the heel is from hospital…hospital claims it was from Rehab. I blame both.
Her pressure sore is healing nicely with day to day wound care but this wound is keeping us from placing her in an assisted care facility. It is not staged but is I’m sure more than a stage 2. All her other issues are acceptable to assisted care.
Here are the problems:
Her 100 days runs out on the 14th Jan. with Medicare. She has AARP insurance as secondary.
Assisted cares facilities will not take her with the wound as it is and it may take 3 months or more to heal.
She has no money, home, or anything of value left. SS and a very small pension. She does qualify for Medicaid .
We as the family have put together a fund to help her but at $350/ day for care because of the wound we would go through that in a 4 or 5 months and then have nothing for her.
Can we put here on Medicaid to keep here were she is and get the care she needs for her wound. Or…how to stop them from transferring or discharging her?
Would it do any good to contact a ombudsman advocate?
I have an Elder law attorney appointment on the 10th of Jan.