My mother fell over a year ago and was in the hospital for months. She was released to a rehab facility for OT only to be back in the hospital less than 2 weeks later due to dehydration and a severe UTI. She was then released again to another rehab facility. Days before being released, we found out she had been lying about her progress. She still couldn't walk on her own. We brought her home to a hospital bed and in-home OT was prescribed and was beginning to work, but then we had to take her back to the hospital for another pesky UTI. I thought she had completely lost her mind...seeing people, talking to them, asking where family members were that passed on more than 10 years ago. She was release to one more rehab facility. This time she was able to stay the entire prescribed time and then came home. Her health deteriorated at home to the point we thought she was near death. We had huddled around the bed to say our "goodbyes". Something told me to take her temperature and I found she had a fever. BACK to the hospital. FFWD 3 months. She is home now, we have been able to keep the UTIs away, but she lost so much weight and muscle that she still can't get up by herself. Her doctor asked Hospice to step in to help give me a couple of breaks during the week and we pay a sitter to be with her 3 days a week for 5 hours a day. We were told that Medicare wouldn't pay for in-home OT because we had "used it up" (that was 7 months ago). She is showing awesome improvement but I need someone "licensed" to help her gain strength and increase her walking ability again. Will Medicare pay for another round of in-home OT, even though Hospice makes weekly visits? Her "illness" is not terminal.