My mom is 93 1/2, weighs 87 lbs. She has Alzheimer's with daily sundowners. She cannot see and cannot walk, due to a foot deformity. Needless to say, she needs 24hr care and then some! Medicare regulations stipulate that she would must have a 3 day hospital stay, in order for them to approve her transfer to a skilled nursing facility.
Her primary doctor will not admit her, because she "does not have an acute medical condition that grants 3 days in a hospital". She does have a pacemaker (coronary artery disease), low blood pressure, chronic constipation, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and ---dementia!!!!!! (By the way, he has seen her only once and that appointment, didn't even touch her; only ordered an EKG).
Can anyone give me some advise on what to do here???? In a nursing home she would have absolutely everything she needs. In our home, it's from her wheelchair to another chair, or to her bed. She's wilting, like a flower, without any stimulus.
Her Medicaid is pending, contingent upon her placement, which, evidently will not happen soon. I did make an appointment with a different doctor, who perhaps will be more sympathetic and will find something with her that grants an admission to the hospital.
Your thoughts, please????!!!!