Aneurysm-August 6th, 2011
Discharge from ICU to amazing rehab hospital-September 20th, 2011
Rehab Hospital to Terrible Nursing Home-October 15th
Nursing Home to Home-November 16th
My Mom, 47, who is now home and in my care most of the weekdays is making progress but I can definitely tell she is going to need a lot of help. A few facts:
An OT therapist will be coming for the last time this week.
Last appt. for speech is this week.
Last physical therapy is this week.
They are recommending her to an outpatient program now but it depends on her insurance. She will be losing her employer insurance in January then we will go from there. I have contacted many local non profits for help. Hopefully she takes well to the outpatient. Anyone have recommendations for outpatient therapy with a speech, OT, and physical in Pittsburgh?
As for a psychologist. Did this help anyone? I just watched the webinar on sleep and mood disorders. My mom is definitely depressed, slowed down, has cognitive disorders, and hates me for helping her. She only eats if I force her to wheel into the kitchen with me. I do not care if she is mad at me in the present. It will only help her in the long run.
How do I get my mom motivated to use her braces and do therapy with me after her specialists leave? Doing these exercises a few times a day will help her. She is supposed to be wearing her arm braces 24/7 to help reverse the atrophy and build muscle tissue in her arm that has muscle spasms and is hypersensitive. She fights me so hard to wear these. I can only get her to wear them for a few minutes at a time.
She seems to be having flashbacks from the nursing home experience. She is terrified of doctors now. How to aid in this? She went to see her physician on friday and flipped out as if she was having a claustrophobic attack and would not stay to finish the exam. She mentioned, after a lot of jibberish since she has trouble communicating, that everyone would think she was crazy if she told the truth. I am really worried something happened in the nursing home. I am in the process of trying to figure this all out. She fell a lot at the nursing home, her bed alarm would go off and even when I was there they would delay coming in to check on her for at least 8-15 minutes. They also gave her the wrong medication on one occasion. They will not release the incident reports to us. I am trying to seek legal help. Since all of this happened that I actually know about I am hoping there is nothing else that I do not know about.
Thank you very much for reading and offering your advice. I really appreciate it and hope my mom can get to the point you are all at someday.