When my father was recovering from his stroke in the hospital he was told of all the rehabilitation he would get for his left arm and left leg. This gave him hope because he lost most functionality with both limbs. The way the hospital social workers described the rehab he was led to believe they would help him until he was better. Unfortunately, that was not the case.
First he went to an in-patient rehabilitation facility. He made some progress but the staff was very conservative with his treatment. Occupational therapy tried to get him accustomed to day-to-day living. They helped him with transfers but did not try to exercise his hand much. The therapists had all kinds of advanced technology they could have used but decided to leave behind. Physical therapy was a little more helpful; they tried to assist him with a walker. However, just as my father started to show signs of making progress he was promptly discharged.
He then started in-home therapy. That lasted for a few months. The occupational and physical therapists told him he made some progress, but there wasn't much more they could do in a home setting. What next? He was always told he could go for outpatient therapy. But when the time came for him to get the outpatient care that he was told he would get, he was denied further therapy unless he experienced progress on his own.
This was disappointing because he made progress while in rehabilitation. He never got the chance to attend an outpatient center or use the modern-day technology that could have helped his hand.
Has anyone else had a similar experience? It feels like therapists, rehab centers, and insurance companies get to decide whether or not patients regain functionality in their arms and legs. These decisions have profound effects on families and finances. What are your thoughts?