December 26th, 2005

Dr. Nick

Helloooooo Nurse!

For the past year and a half my grandmother has been in an assisted living facility. She was recently diagnosed with congestive heart failure, and one of the main side effects of this is pulmonary edema, a build up of fluid in the lungs. This makes her very prone to infections, and she has been in the hospital for the past 2 weeks for a staph infection.

The hospital and the assisted living facility both agree that she should not return to the facility but should be moved to a skilled care facility.

This was something totally unexpected, so I've got to run about today trying to find one. I have no idea how to get the paperwork done, as my grandmother isn't exactly 100% right in the head anymore, and her Power of Attorney for Healthcare lives in Indiana. Thankfully, I have the day off, so this won't be too bad. And I'll have to figure out how to move her stuff from the old facility. (I need to buy a trailer for my Caprice)

At least Medicare will pay for the skilled nursing facility (up to 100 days), whereas we were having to pay out of pocket for the assisted living facility. The nursing home should also be a bit cheaper than the old facility, which will help stem the hemmorage from her bank account, which means I have more time to get my shit together before buying this house. I won't know how much more time until I find out how much this is going to cost, but this will at least buy me 100 more days.

I have to go running out to find a facility and get things started. The fun never stops around here.
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Dr. Nick

Doing a different kind of shopping

Stopped by 5 different nursing homes today, looking for a place for my grandmother. They ranged from "Where do you flush this place?" to 4-star hotel (for a mere $10,000 a month). Ended up selecting a place which lies exactly on my route home from work, costs a "mere" $165 a day, and looks fairly nice. It's got lots of garden areas, activity rooms and they provide free telephone and cable TV (something that costs an extra $75 a month where she is currently). Medicare will pay for up to 100 days, or until she reaches a plateau and stops improving, then it will cost about $5000 a month, which is a LOT cheaper than the $7000 a month she's been blowing at the place she was at. And I think they'll be able to provide better care for her.

I'm going to have to take time off from work to get her moved in, and then I will need to rent a U-haul to drag her stuff home from the old facility. They won't have room at the new place for her old bed, or the closet full of clothes, or the big screen TV, or the recliner, etc. I'm not sure how I'll manage to move those things, or where I'll put them here.
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