Mom, 94 with dementia and mobility problems, has been in a nursing home since March. In April she broke her hip. Upon return from the hospital she enrolled in Hospice Care. She's had no physical therapy since then. She is now a two-person lift with a stand-to-lift machine. She has been discharged from hospice.
In a week or so there will be a care conference for her. My sisters and I will bring up the possibility of physical therapy for her at this time. The "nursing staff" does not want physical therapy, fearing that it will result in a greater risk of falling. Our concern is that the need for the sit-to-stand machine to use the bathroom or transfer to or from her wheelchair is a big limitation. For example, her sister is turning one-hundred and we know we could get Mom to the party and care for her there ... unless she has to go to the bathroom! Similarly, she could go on NH sponsored outings, except for the use of the bathroom!
Our hope would not be that she could walk again or even manage her own transfers. But it would be (we think) a good benefit if she could be helped without the use of cumbersome equipment and if we could learn to do it.
We will keep an open mind during the conference. Before then, I would love to hear from anyone who has had experience along these lines or has ideas about this.